CAMDEN- The Superintendent for Camden Central Schools put together a presentation about why he thinks it's a good idea to close Annsville Elementary School. The public was invited to attend.
In that presentation, Jeffrey Bryant said it's all about economics. He said there is a $1.5 million budget gap between expenditures and revenues, and he said if they closed the school, they would save $800,000.
With that, there would be changes to the bus routes. Bryant said there are currently five bus routes for Annsville alone, and ten for Camden. He said if the proposal were to go through, they would have 15 routes, instead of separating them.
Parents of children at Annsville were upset about that. They said their child could be on the bus for an hour, and they'd be riding with older kids.
One parent said she thinks it's a bad idea to close Annsville. "I would love to see Annsville stay open but, at this point I have a feeling they've already made up their minds that it's not going to stay open. We just want to make that no child is left behind and that they get the quality education that they deserve and that us as taxpayers pay to look forward to," said Kari Kohli. She also said she moved from Rome to Taberg so her kids could get a good education.
Bryant told us he feels closing the school was an option they really needed to look at. "At a time when financial resources are limited and you have opportunities to make some decisions without forcing layoffs or forcing other staff members out of work, we felt that with the retirements of certain administrators and teachers and the declining enrollment this was an opportunity to take into consideration," he said.
If approved, 157 students would have to go to Camden Elementary School at the start of the 2018-2019 school year.
The board is scheduled to vote on the proposal on March 13, at 7 p.m.