Parents in the Conneaut, PA school district are starting to get a little uneasy. District officials announced just last week they're going to take a look at what they can do to save money, including the possibility of closing some schools.
More than a hundred parents met Wednesday night at Conneaut Lake Park to talk about how they can stick together as a community to make sure their schools are not on the chopping block.
District officials have formed several committees to take a look at how they can save money to balance their budget. Options include closing schools and redistricting students.
They say these options have been talked about for years, but because of budget shortfalls and declining enrollment, something has to be done now.
"We've lost probably 700 to 800 students in the last four or five years. You heard the enrollment numbers tonight. We've lost 70 or more just in one year. So it's very difficult to try to offer a quality education to three high schools, three elementary schools when you're losing numbers," said Jodi Sperry, school board president.
"If our elementary school is closed I'm concerned that my daughter's going to have a long bus ride to school. Already some of those kids are on the bus for an hour in the morning and falling asleep on the bus. The roads get really bad around here, they get icy and we're just concerned they'll have to go to a school far away," said Brandy Grinnell, a concerned Conneaut Lake parent.
The board president says this is all in the initial stages right now. They hope to have some more firm answers by this fall.