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Oak Tree Psychoeducational Center may have to shut the doors and relocate students, just a week away from the start of school.  (Source: WALB) Oak Tree Psychoeducational Center may have to shut the doors and relocate students, just a week away from the start of school. (Source: WALB)
DCSS Spokesman J.D. Sumner (Source: WALB) DCSS Spokesman J.D. Sumner (Source: WALB)
They still hope to keep Oak Tree open, and have sent letter back to the Department of Education asking for more time. (Source: WALB) They still hope to keep Oak Tree open, and have sent letter back to the Department of Education asking for more time. (Source: WALB)
DOUGHERTY CO., GA (WALB) -

Oak Tree Psychoeducational Center may have to shut the doors and relocate students, just a week away from the start of school. 

The Dougherty County School System got a letter from the Department of Education saying that the Georgia Network for Educational Therapeutic Support school must address building issues or find a new place for the students to go. 

"We always have the safety and well being of our students at heart," said DCSS Spokesman J.D. Sumner. "And we'll proceed accordingly. It's a little unrealistic to ask the Dougherty County School System to move nearly fifty students a week before school starts."

The school system has not been told exactly why. It is one of nine GNET schools in Georgia that got the letter.

The state did a review of the school back in January. 

School officials say they're looking into sending the students to Magnolia Elementary, Sylvester Road Elementary or Dougherty Middle if they have to.

They still hope to keep Oak Tree open, and have sent letter back to the Department of Education asking for more time. 

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