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Sumter school alignment draws criticism

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AMERICUS, GA (WALB) -

Some Sumter County parents are concerned after they say recent school restructuring plans were made behind closed doors.

Pre-K through 1st grade will now be together at Sumter Primary. Second and third grade will be at Sumter Elementary.

Fourth through 6th grades will be at Sumter Intermediate.   

Seventh and eighth grades will be at the middle school.

Some parents think the new structure will lead to bigger classes and less attention on individual students.  They've started an online petition to get the board to recall the decision.

"Not a lot of openness to the parents and that causes a lot of concerns. when you're students are going to school, you want to know what's going on and why things are happening and we just want to be in the know," said parent Matt Almeida.

The school said the taxpayers and system will save about $500,000. 

They said This reduction of expenses was a necessary tool in balancing this year's budget, which might otherwise involve increasing revenues in other areas or cutting personnel.

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