Elementary School to Close, Students to Be Reassigned

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When Caroline Brevard Elementary School is closed down at the end of this school year, hundreds of students will be reassigned.

"We would love to stay where we are, but based on the information given to us by the School Board, such as the school is under capacity, the school needs to be closed,” says Principal Fannie Hope.

"We have two schools that are basically half full, so we've decided to move Brevard students to mostly Riley. That will allow us to move SAIL into Brevard and we think that's the right thing to do at this time," adds Leon County School Board Chairman Fred Varn.

"We have been working on this issue for a long time. We have studied the facts," says Joy Bowen.

Board members say the vote to close Brevard also deals with meeting class size amendment requirements next year. As for the building itself, Brevard will be renovated and SAIL High School will move in.

But some parents, like Deborah Kirkland, say they've got issues with the School Board and how this decision was made, saying they were left in the dark.

"Nobody talked to us, like we don't matter. We're going to do this whether you like it or not. You are going to have to do what's best for the children, but we should have been informed,” says Kirkland.

School Board members say this issue is understandably emotional, but believe they've made the right decision for those most affected, the students.