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Parma Plan: Superintendent wants to close four elementary schools

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19 Action News is closely following new developments on one district's plan to close down schools.

Thursday night was the final pitch for the Parma Superintendent's re-organization plans and there are the four elementary schools he would like to see closed; Hanna, Lt. Col. John Glenn, Pearl Road, and State Road Elementary Schools.

Considering all of their elementary schools are operating at just 69.5% this move looks to make sense.  But what doesn't make sense to a lot of the parents at Thursday night's meeting are  high administrator salaries, and other cuts expected with the redistricting plan down the road.

Like cuts in bussing and some special needs students being put onto general population busses. Also speaking out, the mayor of Parma Heights and a Councilman from Seven Hills, both of whom will be losing an elementary in their community because of the plan.

"Not in a good direction at all. They don't think about the children. Since I have been here, I moved from Strongsville, I haven't seen where they care about the children," said Laura Smith, Parent and School Employee.

"John Glenn is vitally important to Seven Hills. A plethora of our children attend that school and lets keep in mind it does bring tax dollars to our city, income taxes. Our city is facing a million dollar deficit," said Matt Trafis, Seven Hills Councilman-elect.

By closing these four elementary schools it will go from a 69% capacity to 98% next year.

The school board will cast its vote for the plan on December 12th.


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