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What does school closure mean for Crossville community?

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The Carmi-White County School Board voted to close the Crossville Attendance Center at the end of this school year. 

14 News has learned more about what this means for students and for the community.

Carmi-White County Superintendent Brad Lee says the closing comes after cuts in state funding, the district only receiving 89 percent of state aid this year and projected to receive even less, next year.

"It's just sad," Crossville resident, Tammy Reese said.

Tammy Reese, a pastor at Crossville's Temple of Grace Church, says her husband and sister-in-law, both attended and graduated from the Crossville School years ago. 

She says it will be hard to see the school close.

"I think it's really sad that the community has to be devastated like that," Reese said.

Lee says balancing the district's budget will mean $2 million in cuts over the next three years. He says the state still owes the district over half a million dollars for this school year. 

But would that have been enough to keep the school open another year?

"Possibly, but you know, when you're looking at $2 million in a district our size, there's only so many places that can come from. The biggest expenses are, you know, your employees and buildings," Lee said.

Maier's Grocery in Crossville says the change won't be good for business, as they see many teachers and students come through their doors.  

"Everything around here is being affected by it," Reese said.

Tammy says the closing could also create some empty seats at her church.  

"People will hate to see the school up there go, but I think overall, there will be an understanding of why we had to do what the board did," Lee said.

"You know, if we don't have a school there, what's going to happen?" Reese asked.

Lee says Crossville's 200 4th and 5th graders will move to the Carmi-White County Middle School and 7th and 8th graders will move to the high school. 

He says Crossville has about 12 certified staff members and tells 14 News the district is still working on coordinating staffing changes.

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