Vote could begin process of closing 11 St. Louis schools on Tuesday

By and NewsRadio 1120 KMOX

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - The fate of 11 St. Louis Public Schools on the chopping block could be decided on Tuesday in a cost-cutting move amid declining enrollment. The Board of Education is scheduled to vote on a consolidation plan that would close the buildings and move students to other schools.

Byron Clemens with American Federation of Teachers Union is against the plan saying during a pandemic is not a good time to consider closing schools. He says talks are ongoing with City Hall to try to find city funds to help keep the schools open.

Right now, St. Louis public schools are funded by property taxes and not supported by the city's general revenue fund.

Under the recommendation by St. Louis Public Schools superintendent Dr. Kelvin Adams, an approved vote on Tuesday would close six elementary schools: Clay, Dunbar, Farragut, Ford, Hickey and Monroe elementary schools; Fanning Middle School; two high schools: Northwest and Sumner. Cleveland Naval Jr. ROTC would also close and Carnahan High would be converted to a middle school.

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