Mason school board votes to close down elementary school

Mason Heights Elementary School
Mason Heights Elementary School

MASON, OH (FOX19) - The Mason City Schools Board of Education voted to close down an elementary school on Tuesday night in an effort to save the school district money.

After an unanimous vote, Mason Heights Elementary School will be shutting down at the end of the school year. Students who would be attending that school in the 2012-2013 school year will either attend Western Row Elementary School or the Mason Early Childhood Center.

Closing down a school and consolidating the students was part of a proposal that would save the school district $600,000 per year in operating costs and avoid more than $1 million in costs for maintaining an older building.

"Everything is coming together in this plan. We explored many options, analyzed the data, and at the end of the day feel confident that this plan ensures we maximize student learning and opportunities, while remaining fiscally responsible and  good neighbors," said Dr. Gail Kist-Kline, Mason City Schools superintendent, as she presented the plan to the Board of Education.

Sarah Barker, who's son attends Western Row Elementary, said the school board made the right choice. "Mason Heights is so hard to get in and out of," said Barker. "Parking is not great and I know the neighbors over there don't like all the bus traffic."

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