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DCSS closes schools

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Dougherty County school board members have voted to close Dougherty Middle School and Sylvester Road Elementary and repurpose Magnolia Elementary.

The vote was 5-2 with Velvet Riggins and Darrel Ealum casting the two nay votes.

For the past several months school board members have been discussing whether to close the schools, due to a declining student population.

The plan would save $2 million a year and $11 million in SPLOST money for renovations needed at the schools on the closure list.

Folks in East Albany, who live near the schools, have spoken out against the proposal during public hearings. Critics worry empty school buildings will lead to crime and hurt the economy.

For more information about the closures and rezoning, click on the link below:

http://www.docoschools.org/schoolclosures.htm

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