Benton Elementary School will close at the end of the 2016-17 school year. The Jackson County Board of Education approved in a 3-2 vote dissolving the school at its July 21 meeting.
Superintendent April Howard spoke before the vote, recognizing the decision is sensitive, but needed.
“We genuinely recognize the critical nature and sensitivity of this decision,” said Howard. “However, based on all of the other variables at play and the need for our district to reach some minimum capacities at our schools for programming, as well as prioritization of the limited funds we have for improvements, it’s our recommendation for the closure of Benton at the conclusion of the 2017 school year.”
The decision was made in a split vote with Michael Cronic, Celinda Wilson and Steve Bryant voting in favor. Before Cronic could call for opposed, BOE member Lynn Wheeler interjected.
See the full story in the July 27 issue of The Jackson Herald.