At the first school board meeting since the public found out about possible plans to close five local schools, parents and students had the chance to voice their concerns.
Many parents urged board members to find another way to solve the district's budget deficit. They said the opportunity for students to attend school in their own neighborhoods is invaluable.
Board members say they welcome parents’ and students’ input. Board member Jack Davis said he'd like all kids to be able to go to schools in their neighborhood, but due to the "Schools of Choice" program, they have to deal with the reality of competition.
Board members also discussed plans to offer early retirement incentives to teachers. That issue will be voted on in January.