Dougherty County Officials Vote to Close Schools

ALBANY, Ga. (AP) -- The Dougherty County school board has voted to close two schools and re-purpose a third.
WALB-TV reported Wednesday that ( ) board members voted 5-2, with Velvet Riggins and Darrel Ealum casting the two votes against the proposal. Ealum in early February criticized the board for moving too fast to try closing schools.
Dougherty Middle School and Sylvester Road Elementary School are slated to close, and Magnolia Elementary School will be re-purposed. According to the district's website, the school would house the system's pre-kindergarten and gifted education programs, among others.
Board members have said they're closing schools because of a declining student population. Officials say the plan will save the district $2 million annually and $11 million in tax funding that would have been used for renovations.

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