Barbour County Schools Closing

Community schools are a thing of the past in Barbour County.

The school board voted 4:1 to consolidate the county's five K-8 schools into three schools.

People in Barbour County have a lot of questions about why their school is closing.

After state intervention and the failure of Amendment One, the superintendent had no choice but to combine the five K-8 schools into three schools.

Teachers want to know where they will be next year, so the superintendent is meeting with principals.

Consolidation will free up federal funds by having fewer facilities, but there will be a reduction in support personnel and lunchroom workers.

School officials are still investigating what to do with the vacant buildings after they move next year.

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