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Valdosta heads for school consolidation showdown

VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) -

A south Georgia community is headed for a showdown over school consolidation.

Check out this rally outside Valdosta City Hall Thursday.

The Friends of Valdosta City Schools Incorporated doesn't want Valdosta City Schools and Lowndes County Schools to merge.

They claim the group Community Unification for Educational Excellence, known as CUEE, is wrongly promising people kids would get a better education if schools consolidate.

That group is pushing for a consolidation referendum.

"Are you wiling to put your children's livelihood and education at stake because someone has promised you something they can't deliver on," said Sam Allen, retired Valdosta City Schools superintendent.

"All of the energy and the attention, all of the outside foundations would be directed for the minority students in Valdosta," said CUEE Board Member George Bennett.

CUEE says they've exceeded the number of signatures needed to get a referendum on the ballot.

 
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