Heated debate over closing Weston school

Emotions ran high as the Otsego School Board met with Weston Elementary School parents.
Emotions ran high as the Otsego School Board met with Weston Elementary School parents.

By Colleen Wells - bio | email

WESTON (WTOL) - "You're making our life hell, and its not fair," one parent said to the applause of other parents.

Emotions ran high as the Otsego School Board met with Weston Elementary School parents.

It was standing room only as District Superintendent Jim Garber explained his proposal to close either Weston or Haskins Elementary with the hopes of saving $200,000 from the districts' shrinking budget.

Community members had plenty to say. "I think its wrong, and for the savings of less than $200,000 a year, it's a poor excuse to close an elementary school," one parent said.

Others stood up and blamed themselves. The district shot down two levies in 2007. "Nobody wants to pay for it. It's unfair to say it's someone else's fault. The fault is everyone in this room. Every time we say no."

Superintendent Garber says if those levies had passed, the district would not be in such a dire financial situation. They are now forced to make cuts.

Garber says he will decide this week which school he'll recommend to close, then the school board must put it to a vote.