ATLANTA (AP/WAOK) — After a long emotionally charged meeting, the Atlanta school board approved the closing of seven schools as part of a massive redistricting plan.
Boundaries at dozens of other schools will also change under the plan approved late Tuesday night.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that more than 500 people carried signs and chanted in protest before Tuesday’s vote. One person was physically removed from the meeting by deputies after trying to approach the stage.
The number of schools that will shut down is fewer than the 10 schools recommended for closure in earlier proposals. The board decided to close Parks and Kennedy middle schools and Capitol View, White, Cook, East Lake and Herndon elementary schools.
Parents of students at D.H. Stanton, F.L. Stanton and Towns Elementary schools were successful in preventing their schools from being closed.
The proposal is the first citywide school redistricting effort in nearly a decade. The school district is trying to balance enrollment between schools that are as little as 20 percent full and others that are overcrowded.
School Superintendent Erroll Davis says teachers at the schools that will close will be entered into a pool for jobs at the restructured schools that will remain open.