Foul Odor Hurts School Attendance

The children at Ocean City Elementary north of Ft. Walton Beach say school stink, and they're right.

More than 70 have transferred from Ocean City Elementary because an aging and outmoded sewage treatment plant next door is emitting a foul odor.

Principal Debbie Boutwell says the school's budget is taking a hit because of the smell. She says the school will be getting less money from the state because 77 children have transferred to other schools because their parents were unhappy with the smelly situation.

The principal says the school gets almost $4,000 per student.

She says the school now has to look for grants to get extra programs like physical education and music.


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