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DCE considers closing two schools

WESTON (WAOW) -- The D.C. Everest School District is considering closing two elementary schools and moving those students to other buildings.

Easton and Schofield Elementary Schools are on the possible chopping block. The superintendent says closing those schools would save about $750,000.

Under the possible plan, students at Easton would transfer to Hatley Elementary. Right now, only students in lower grades attend Easton. Schofield students would be dispersed among three other schools in the district.

Superintendent Kristine Gilmore said the district has to cut more than $3 million, and that this is one way to take a chunk out of that.

"It's something we need to at least look at," said Gilmore. "Those schools have been important to our community for a long time. However, we are in very difficult financial situation so we have to at least look at those possibilities."

Gilmore said this process is only in its beginning stages.

"The only thing we're asking the board for at this point is the possibility of going out and talking with the community about what it might happen and what the community's thoughts and opinions are," said Gilmore. "We would meet with families that have children, but those people who live in the community and care about their schools."

The district will meet Wednesday to discuss a possible proposal.

Online Reporter: Daniel Woodruff

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