Elementary schools could be consolidated

By: Maisie Insko Email
By: Maisie Insko Email

The future of two schools is in the hands of the Letcher County School Board and after Monday, some hope their voices have been heard.

WYMT's Maisie Insko was in downtown Whitesburg as parents, students, and county officials protested against possible consolidation.

They say it's a unique school with strong academic success

"Their academics was eighteen out of six hundred schools. They're doing great and I think if they're doing that good let's reward them not punish them,” Magistrate District 1, Bob Howard.

However, the school board isn't so sure, with a low enrollment and funds the proposed redistricting would close Arlie Boggs Elementary

"If they're going to try to move our children across that dangerous mountain we're going to stop it. That's first and foremost, money should not come before the lives of children,” Patricia Shelton said.

And so they marched Monday morning for the school.

Tammy Lee, mother to a fifth grader at Arlie Boggs Elementary, came to the event as a concerned parent. She says the closing of the school would result in such a long commute that she couldn't be as involved in her daughter's extra curricular activites

"If our school closes and she tries to do these things at Letcher then it's going to be very hard for me to be as involved as I am, and for her and some of her friends to be involved in academics and sports,” Tammy Lee said.

If the board approves the proposed redistricting plan, Beckham Bates Elementary is another school on the list that would be closed.

Parents say they are told the school board will make a decision in their January board meeting.

We tried to contact Letcher County Schools Superintendent Anna Craft, but she was unavailable to comment.

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