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Spartansburg Parents Plan Out Next Move

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Parents and taxpayers in Spartansburg are taking action, and coming up with their next move if the Corry School District decides next month to close their school.

"We can sit all year long and keep complaining or we can dig in and do something about it and can make it work for us," said Andrea Chelton, president of Save Our Schools.

That's exactly Chelton and other residents in Spartansburg were doing Wednesday night. Ever since the school board announced they were considering closing two elementary schools -Spartansburg and Conelway - due to declining enrollment, the group Save Our Schools has stepped up to help.

 "I do think that if is important that everybody knows that their options are," said Chelton.

She's held many meetings about those options, including one with Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School, and this one here about a charter school in their town.

They haven't filed their application yet, but hope to have it submitted to the district by May or June. For parents like Melissa Holby, having this option would be nice.

"I had actually looked at, if it were the transportation, the Tidioute Charter School because it's only two miles further from my house than Columbus Elementary School, the one they're keeping open. So if my kids are that far away anyway, I was looking at all possible option."

Both Chelton and Holby grew up and went to school in Spartansburg, and they're going to make sure they do whatever it takes to allow their kids to have the same experiences in their hometown as they did.

"This is just a way of residents being able to move forward and be apart of change that is the best for the community and what they think is best for their children," said Chelton.

"I'm hoping that by people coming out, especially in this weather, it makes a statement," said Holby.

The vote on whether or not to close Spartansburg and Conelway is expected to come during the March 4 school board meeting.

 

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