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Muscogee Co. Superintendent’s plan includes potential school closings

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Muscogee County schools Superintendent David Lewis says he foresees more school closings and consolidations.

Edgewood Elementary and Marshall Middle closed last year because of budget cuts. The newest elementary school, Dorothy Height, is a consolidation of other elementary schools. One of Lewis' proposals in his 120-day plan that he presented to the public is to close and consolidate more schools to reduce costs.

“We have to look and see where we can consolidate, where it makes sense,” Lewis told parents and staff at a public forum about his 120-Day Plan Thursday night. “And there may be some schools that are so small or so old that we just can't make them work anymore and it's costing more to keep them open than it would be to just bus them over to another school that has more capacity."

Lewis says the closing and consolidations would be based on his new proposed district zones. He has proposed to divide the district into three areas -- west, central and east. He says he wants to eliminate the racial and economic separations between North and South Columbus.

Another one of the proposals that has generated some concern is the changing of school schedules. Lewis wasn't able to provide any more information, but he says he's working with principals to devise a schedule that would reduce costs.

Superintendent Lewis has been visiting schools and talking with parents, teachers and students ever since he took the job in July. He says this period was helpful in figuring out what's going well, and what needs to be fixed in the Muscogee County School District.

The assessment had been presented to media and members of the community, but Thursday night, it was time to present and elicit feedback from parents and staff.

“The whole impetus behind them is simply to share with the community at-large my assessment after I have 120 days and then to give them some ideas about some of the initiatives that are planned for addressing those needs going forward,” says Lewis.

Thursday was the first of two public forums. Superintendent Lewis is holding another one on March 4th.

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