Parents & School Administrators Deciding Fate Of Knox County Schools

By: Jeff Allen Email
By: Jeff Allen Email

Parents are meeting with school administrators in one Eastern Kentucky county who are deciding whether to close two schools and more could close in years to come.

Students at Artemus Elementary in Knox County could be in their final days at that school for good or they could be back next school year depending on what the school board decides. One teacher we talked with says it's that uncertainty day to day that makes it tough.

Lisa Napier teaches the 3rd grade Artemus Elementary. When her kids ask her where they'll be next year she admits she doesn't have an answer. For years school administrators have considered closing the school and it's up for discussion again this year.

"We have a class of students trying to get ready for next year. It's hard to do that when we don't know ourselves where we're going to be," Napier said.

Knox County School officials say they'll also be deciding whether to close the Knox County Alternative Learning Academy. School administrators have also labeled Flat Lick and Dewitt Elementary as transitional and they say those could eventually be closed after a new, larger elementary school is built. School official’s enrollment has been declining and it's costing them thousands of more dollars to educate each student.

"You have to factor the cost in too, but the education is the most important thing and I think their grades will drop because they'll probably have to have more than one grade in one classroom," said Dewitt Elementary Parent Larry Smith.

At Artemus, Napier not only wants to save her school for her students, but for her son who's in 2nd grade.

"He asks me every year where will I be next year mommy and I'm unable to give him that answer," she said.

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