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By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - People who live near Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary School in South Albany say they don't like a proposal to close the school. School Board Chairman David Maschke proposes moving the alternative school to the MLK building and moving the approximately 350 kids who attend MLK to other schools.

It was one of many proposals he brought to the finance committee in an effort to spur conversation on ways to cut costs. People in the Southgate subdivision near the school say it's a bad idea, because many kids in their neighborhood walk to school.

Claudia Dawson said, "It's a lot convenience around her for the kids and for the family and due to the fact it's a brand new school and it just hasn't been there that long." Stephen Chapman said, "You built it for a reason so the reason is to give the kids an education and I'm glad it's back there and it's just hasn't been there that long."

The finance committee will continue to meet to discuss different ways to save money for the next fiscal year. They have another meeting next Friday morning.

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