KY school district votes to close facility

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by Associated Press

WHAS11.com

Posted on July 2, 2013 at 10:47 AM

JENKINS, Ky. (AP) -- An eastern Kentucky school district has decided to close a 100-year-old community school.
 
The vote by the Jenkins Independent School Board on Monday night came after discussion about whether McRoberts Elementary could be kept open or if it had shrunk beyond the point of viability.
 
WYMT-TV (http://bit.ly/16LAfWb) reports Board Member Tracy Goff said it would be impossible to continue operating the school with reduced state and federal funding.
 
The McRoberts school was organized with 490 students in August 1912 at the same time the Jenkins system was organized. It was absorbed into the Jenkins system on April 26, 1915. Since the closing of the Beth-Elkhorn Division of Bethlehem Steel, enrollment has declined.
 
Officials said they expected only 34 students to attend the school this year.
 

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