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The Fayette County Board of Education has voted to close four schools in the face of a $15 million budget shortfall.
The vote came during a meeting Monday night in which officials said the district would only save about $4 million even with the school closures taken into account.
Slated for closure are Tyrone Elementary School, Brooks Elementary School, Fayette Middle School and Fayetteville Intermediate School.
“The towns are going to suffer, the real estate is going to suffer, the kids are going to suffer,” one parent told Channel 2 Action News after the hearing. “It worries me that four people can decide our fate.”
The board voted 4-1 to close Tyrone Elementary, Fayette Middle and Fayetteville Intermediate School. Brooks Elementary was closed on a 3-2 vote.
Two public hearings have already been held on the issue, and parents have voiced frustrations over how school transfers may impact their children.
“It worries now that my son is going to be mistreated and labeled a Fayette Middle kid,” another parent said.
Fayette Schools operates 32 schools and had an enrollment of 20,317 as of August 2012.