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Union Parish School Board votes to close school; move middle school students

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Photo By: Ty Russell (Superintendent George Cannon) Photo By: Ty Russell (Superintendent George Cannon)

FARMERVILLE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - Several Union Parish teachers are hoping to keep their jobs after a school board vote.

All middle school students, if approved by a federal judge, will be taking their backpacks to Farmerville Junior High next school year and students at Marion Elementary may soon be sitting in a classroom at Farmerville Elementary.

"For those little kids to travel and staying on the bus that long, they have to use the bathroom, you have to get them up early and everything," Grandparent Mary Jackson.

That's not the original goal in mind for Superintendent George Cannon.

"You still have to cut $1.7 million. That did not go away. So, I'm going to have to look at every single item in out budget," Cannon said.

Cannon had hopes of shutting down Marion Elementary and the Spearsville K through 8 Center. School leaders are going with half the plan. The move comes as the district is working to cut nearly $2 million dollars from next year's spending plan.

One person believes school leaders should wait a little longer for the proposed changes.  

"They should just leave the schools open for a while," Linzie Riley said.

The school system projects to lose 150 students next year, which means less money from state and local taxpayers. It also says retirement rates are going up while the number of federal and state grants is on the decrease.  

The superintendent is working to bring another tax proposal to property owners. He believes if that one is not passed, more major cuts will be on the way.

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