2 Atlanta elementary schools to close, 2 to merge


Two Atlanta elementary schools will close and two more will merge to deal with declining enrollment in inner-city neighborhoods.

Hill and Hope elementary schools in Atlanta's Old Fourth Ward will merge after each lost nearly half of their student bodies in the last nine years. Students will attend Hope starting in August despite parent protests about the merger.

Community members are concerned joining the schools will hurt revitalization efforts in the neighborhood near Atlanta's downtown.

Blalock and Williams elementary schools will close at the end of the school year because nearby housing developments are being shuttered.

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