MCCUNE, KS.--- The future of McCune Elementary School is in jeopardy. Like many communities in rural areas across Southeast Kansas, population is decreasing, and the City of McCune is no exception. With fewer students attending McCune Elementary, the school receives less funding, which makes it harder to keep the doors open. Joyce Fox, who's a teacher and a parent at Mccune Elementary, was very unhappy when she heard the school could possibly close.
"Its hard. We understand, to some degree, we don't have the kids. But at the same time, we'd like to stay open for our kids here in the community," said Joyce Fox, 4th Grade Teacher.
She's been teaching at the school for the past 15 years.
"As a teacher, I just want them to consider my kids, all kids involved," said Fox.
Mccune Elementary School has been battling decreasing enrollment for the last eight years.
"We've been facing declining enrollment. We were near 900 students nine years ago and we're down to 628 right now," said Dr. Glenn Fortmayer, School Superintendent.
The school board is set to discuss the declining attendance tomorrow night. They're looking at a number of options for the district. Superintendent Dr. Glenn Fortmayer thinks closing Mccune and sending their students to Weir and Cherokee schools is the best option, either way, action needs to be taken soon.
"If we don't do something to get our budget in a positive cash flow, then we run the risk where the entire district is in danger," said Dr. Fortmayer.
Until the board makes a decision, the community is in limbo.
"Very scared, very nervous not knowing what's going on. Busing my child is concerning me," said Fox.
"It's a really good school, it shouldn't closed," said Kassidy Fox, 2nd Grader, Mccune Elementary School.
No decisions will be made at tomorrow's meeting. The public will able to attend, but will not be able to ask questions. The decision on whether or not to close the school could be made later this month.
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