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School Board Wants Feedback on Potential Closings

By K. Lavery, KWMU

St. Louis, Mo. – The interim management team charged with overhauling the performance of the St. Louis Public Schools says it wants feedback on a plan to consolidate some schools in the district.

The team is hosting a series of public meetings this week to talk about schools that meet certain criteria for consolidation, such as occupancy rates, maintenance costs and low educational performance.

Sharon Murphy with the firm McConnell, Jones, Lanier and Murphy says these criteria have been applied to districts around the country but tailored specifically for St. Louis.

"But this is not a perfect scenario, and there may be something else that we need to consider, and if there is we certainly want the public to give us that information so that we can take it under consideration and to make the very best decisions that we possibly can for St. Louis public schools," she said.

Murphy says nearly one-third of the district's 112 schools are less than 70 percent occupied.


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