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DCE moves forward on possible school closings

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WESTON (WAOW) -- D.C. Everest School leaders have gotten the ball rolling on possibly closing two elementary schools.

The district will soon hold community forums on the issue. But administrators will likely face many concerned parents.

Laurie Kloth has two kids at Schofield Elementary.

"It's a family environment," said Kloth. "It's a wonderful school, wonderful staff."

That's why hearing the school district is considering closing Schofield is unsettling.

"There's questions," said Kloth. "You wonder where you're going to go, how far are you going to have to go in order to get to the school."

On Wednesday evening, the D.C. Everest School Board gave the green light to a process that could lead to closing Schofield and Easton Elementary Schools. Superintendent Kristine Gilmore says closing them would save about $750,000.

The district will soon hold forums with the community to discuss it.

"To get the real pulse of what the community feels about those decisions," said Gilmore. "It's very early in the process."

Under the possible plan, students at Easton would transfer to Hatley Elementary. Students at Schofield would be dispersed among Evergreen, Rothschild, and Weston.

"There's a little concern, I think, on the part of parents not knowing where we're going to be next year, are we going to be there or not," said Jeff Addison, principal at Schofield. "But again, our staff's main concern is what's going to happen with the kids."

Addison has been the principal at Schofield for more than 15 years. He says he trusts the board to do what is right, but that closing Schofield would be difficult for everyone.

"It's not a job, it's a family there," said Addison.

This process is just beginning, and Laurie Kloth will be watching closely.

"I trust that the school board is going to take their time," said Kloth.

Online Reporter: Daniel Woodruff

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