Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

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February 24, 2014

Edgewood closure vote on Unit 40 agenda

EFFINGHAM —  After months of consideration, the Effingham Unit 40 School Board will vote tonight on whether to close Edgewood Grade School.

Board members have heard from Superintendent Mark Doan in recent months about the need to close the school due to diminishing state aid and declining enrollment. Unit 40 has lost $1.7 million in general state aid in the last three years. Closing Edgewood School would save the district an estimate $443,000 per year.

A special meeting was held earlier this month at the Edgewood Grade School gymnasium, where members of the community shared their displeasure with the possibility of closing their school.

“This is an emotional and difficult situation,” Doan said at the Edgewood School meeting. “No one wishes to close a building but the recommendation to close Edgewood School is based upon finances and enrollment.”

If the vote is approved, the closure would be effective next year. The meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. tonight at the board of education office, located at 2803 S. Banker St.

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