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Cairo-Durham district facing tough choices

Apr 09, 2012 3:05 pm
Rob LeDonne reports in The Daily Mail closing Durham Elementary School is one of the options under consideration by the Cairo-Durham Board of Education as a way to close the budget gap projected for the 2012-13 school year. Closing the school outright could save the district $450,000. Redistricting 91 Cairo elementary students into Durham is another possibility, for a savings of $116,000. An earlier proposal to replace Durham Elementary with a charter school is now off the table after the charter application was withdrawn. The board is looking at everything -- "anything that is not a state requirement is currently on the chopping block," including sports, extracurricular activities and AP (Advanced Placement) classes, LeDonne writes. Superintendent Sally Sharkey framed the issue as a choice between keeping the elementary school open, or closing the school and keeping the sports and extracurricular programs going. Sharkey will leave the district at the close of the school year when her current contract expires. The district expects to hire a one-year interim superintendent to manage the district while a search is conducted to find its next superintendent. Read the full story in The Daily Mail.
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