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Board votes to close West Frankfort Elementary

By CAROLINE GABLE

FRANKFORT, N.Y. (WKTV) The Frankfort Schuyler Central School District Board has unanimously voted to close the West Frankfort Elementary School.

What will happen to the 5th grade class it yet to be decided. The board is moving in the direction of keeping the 5th graders in the elementary school. The superintendent will be making a budget presentation on April 12th that would factor in keeping the 5th graders at the elementary building on Reese Rd.

Frankfort - Schuyler School Board President Mike Button says this process hasn't been easy, "I've been on the board for 16 years and this is the most difficult decision that I've had to make over the course of my terms. Unfortunately we were shorted $1.3 million in our state aid and there's just no other way to make it up other than to try to go for a year and then end up without any money to keep us going even further." Button wants to assure parents that the quality of education will remain the same, if not it's going to become even better.

In addition to closing the West Frankfort Elementary School, the board is also looking at cutting a number of staff positions and scaling back certain programs to make ends meet. The district will likely need to use $500,000 of its $600,000 fund balance in order to keep the 5th grade students at Reese Road Elementary School. School board members are now leaning towards that option, over moving the 5th graders to the joint middle and high school building. A public hearing on the budget will be held on May 10th.

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