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Concerns Mount about Closing Verona Elementary

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The Augusta County School Board is threatening to close down Verona Elementary School at the end of this year. Tuesday night, parents asked what they can do to keep it open.

The mother of a student at Verona reached out to supervisors and the school board for a chance for parents to ask questions about the potential closing.

Verona is one of three remaining pod schools in the county. Closing it would free up $700,000 - according to the school board - which could help with a $4 million deficit in next year’s budget.

Supervisors say closing Verona came with no warning and the school board needs a plan.

"Two weeks ago we find out...'hey, why don't we close Verona?' This is not indicative of a strategic plan. This is not indicative of a path to how we're going,” said Augusta County Supervisor Marshall Pattie.

Tracy Pyles, another county supervisor, said, "It needs to be researched better, it needs to be looked at better. The fact that they haven't done anything to this point is embarrassing for me as a leader of this county."

Two school board members were at the meeting, but didn't address concerns about Verona.

Supervisors are encouraging parents to attend the school board meeting this Thursday night at the Verona Government Center where they're slated to adopt a budget.

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