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Parents react to possible school closings

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SCHOFIELD (WAOW) -- Parents in the D.C. Everest School District are reacting to the possibility of two elementary schools closing.

Easton and Schofield Elementary Schools are on the possible chopping block. DCE Superintendent Kristine Gilmore says the district needs to cut $3 million, and that closing those two schools would help accomplish that. Gilmore says closing both elementary schools would save about $750,000.

Under the possible plan, students at Easton would transfer to Hatley Elementary while students at Schofield would be dispersed among three other schools.

Some parents say they're worried about what will happen if the school closes.

"The kids get so much individual attention here," said Schofield parent Jennifer Andraschko. "I think it's terrible to shove them off to another school where they wouldn't get the small classrooms."

Others are taking it all in stride.

"If it has to close, I'm just hoping she'll be able to stay in the Everest area," said Mary Young, whose granddaughter attends kindergarten at Schofield.

Either way, the possible closure is a source of concern.

"I have three that are in this school currently now, so it'll hurt me traumatically," said Schofield parent Jen LaBarge. "The kids, they're already talking about it closing and where they're going to go."

The school board will discuss the possible closings at a meeting Wednesday evening.

Online Reporter: Daniel Woodruff

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