MCCUNE, KS.--- The decision was made tonight to close McCune Elementary School. The decision came after the school board saw McCune's enrollment decrease over the years and was losing the district revenue. Many parents attended the public hearing tonight at Southeast High School to voice their opposing views to close the school. Parent's believe McCune's facility is better equipped for all students. They also believe losing McCune will hurt the community.
"This closing means that children, my children, especially the two who use wheelchairs, will be confined to their classroom for breakfast and lunch because there is no cafeteria that is accessible at the other building," said Leatta Workman, Parent.
"If Weir had the smaller amount of students, I would of had no doubt it would have been Weir closed," said Janet Humble, Parent.
"Unfortunately, I had to recommend this action to occur. We have to do something to deal with the deficits and the different costs we are facing the district," said Dr. Glenn Fortmayor, USD 247 Superintendent.
Starting next school year, students will be transferred to new grade centers that will open up next fall. Pre-K through 4th at Weir will be called Southeast Grade School. 5 through 8th at Cherokee will be called Southeast Middle School. The schools will become district owned schools, not just community specific.
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