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SLPS to close four schools, open one

By Adam Allington, KWMU

St. Louis, MO – The Superintendent of St. Louis Public Schools says the district will only close four schools instead of eight.

In a list created last January district administrators announced they were considering consolidations that would close eight schools.

Now, Superintendent Diana Bourisaw says they have scaled back their original plan based on community feedback.

"The community can be pleased that they were listened to and heard. We certainly need to look and continue to look at school consolidations," said Bourisaw.

"Our goal is for the community to get involved in these low-enrollment schools and help boost the enrollment."

Bourisaw is presenting the final plan to the public in two town hall meetings scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday.

The re-alignments are part of the second round of closings that began last year. The cash-strapped district claims that closing schools make sense in the face of ever-shrinking enrollment.

At one time the district's infrastructure served over 100,000 students now it has 30,000.

Shenandoah Elementary School will remain open, as will Simmons, Mark Twain and Meramec.

Students at Mitchell Elementary will move to Hamilton and Ford. Gundlach Elementary will shift to Ford, Lexington and Laclede. Wilkinson Early Childhood Center will move to Roe, and Lyons will relocate to Blow.

Bourisaw says the relocations will go into effect next school year.

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