The school year is over in East St. Louis, and the next one will mean only half of the school district's ten elementary schools will be left.
St. Louis' KMOV-TV reports the school system decided months ago that it planned to close five of its ten elementary schools as a result of declining enrollment. The district also cited the need to stabilize attendance and staffing.
Beginning Tuesday, schools superintendent Arthur Culver and other administrators will meet with affected parents to discuss the downsizing.
He says the district has been carefully planning for a smooth transition with the closures and to continue providing what he calls rigorous educational opportunities for students.