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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Hundreds of Dougherty County students are being impacted from the school closures and Monday some of those children and their parents learned more about the changes. It's the first of many meetings to help students adjust to their new school.

Some concerned parents came out to Alice Coachman Monday night to get more acquainted with where their children will be attending next school year.

The Dougherty County Board of Education decided in March to close Sylvester Road Elementary, Dougherty Middle School and re-purpose Magnolia Elementary. It's all part of a plan to save 2 million dollars a year and 11 million in SPLOST money for renovations needed at the schools on the closure list.

Sabrina Evans says she was surprised to hear Magnolia was closing. Now her son will be in first grade at Alice Coachman next school year. She was very informed about the meeting and says the move will not be a big change.

"I met the different teachers and they told me about the curriculum and what all he's going to be taking and sending home. I have to look in the gym and the media center and the cafeteria," said Sabrina Evans.

Parents and students were able to tour the building and meet with teachers and staff. School officials say it takes everyone pulling together to make it a smooth transition into a new school.

"What you have to do is look to the adults, the teachers, the principals and the parents to help us make the kids as comfortable with change as possible," said R. D. Harter.

Third grader Martae Hicks, who attended Magnolia, will also be coming to Alice Coachman next year, he has high expectations at his new school.

"Being successful here and looking forward to doing my best," said Martae Hicks.

Eight more of these parents meetings will be held over the next 2 weeks to answer any questions and concerns parents may have about their new school.

The next meeting is Tuesday night at Live Oak elementary at 6:30pm.

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