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Seven city schools to close; Sumner decision in March

ST. LOUIS – Seven of the city’s public schools will close at the end of the school year. The St. Louis Public Schools Board voted Tuesday night on the plan, which the district says is necessary because of declining enrollment.

The district’s total number of students in K-12 has fallen below 20,000 for the first time in a century.

The schools being closed are: Clay, Dunbar, Farragut and Ford elementary schools; Fanning Middle School; and Cleveland and Northwest Academy high schools. Carnahan High will become a middle school over a three-year period. Cleveland’s NJROTC program will move to another high school.

Three other schools, including historic Sumner High, were on the initial list for closure. But the board decided to remove from its list two elementary schools, Hickey and Monroe, and to postpone a decision on Sumner until March.

Superintendent Kelvin Adams said the plan could save the district $3 million and “will allow the district to reallocate staff and resources to provide a more supportive, engaging and equitable education experience for all students.”

“Our district has the talent and resources it needs to provide every, single student with a world-class educational experience,” he asserted.  “However, that talent and those resources become less effective when they are stretched over 68 buildings, some of which have fewer than 200 students. By consolidating, each school and every student will benefit.”

He also said no employees would lose their jobs because of the move.

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