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East St. Louis closing half its elementary schools

East St. Louis closing half its elementary schools

by Mark Schnyder / News 4

KMOV.com

Posted on May 22, 2012 at 5:55 AM

Updated Tuesday, May 22 at 7:34 AM

(KMOV) -- With the end of the 2012 school year, it's the end of the line for five of East St. Louis' ten elementary schools.

The district announced several months ago closings were necessary because of "declining enrollment and the need to stabilize attendance and staffing."

To help families deal with the changes, Superintendent Arthur Culver and other administrators will meet with parents at each school that's closing this Tuesday and Thursday.

A.M. Jackson Academy  - 4:30pm Tuesday, May 22nd

Brown Elementary  -  6:00pm Tuesday, May 22nd

Alta Sita Elementary  -  7:30pm Tuesday, May 22th

Lilly Freeman Elementary  -   4:30pm Thursday, May 24th

Miles Davis Elementary  -  6:00pm Thursday, May 24th

"We have been planning carefully for a smooth transition in closing these schools and for providing more rigorous educational opportunities for our students," Culver said in a prepared statement.

Parents who can't go to the meetings are invited to email the superintendent at arthur.culver@estl189.com with questions.

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