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School Board Takes Next Step in Future of McCune Elementary

Tonight board members voted in favor of Option 3, 4 to 0. Under this proposal, McCune Elementary would close, Weir Elementary would be for Pre-K students to 4th grade and Cherokee would be for grades 5th through 8th. The high school would remain the same.
CHEROKEE COUNTY, KS--

The Southeast School Board of Education takes the next step in deciding the future of McCune Elementary.

Board members voted in favor of "Option 3", 4 to 0. Under this proposal, McCune Elementary would close, Weir Elementary would be for Pre-K students to 4th grade and Cherokee would be for grades 5th through 8th. The high school would remain the same.

This is not a final vote. Board of education members have to post their decision for 10 days before it goes through final approval. If that happens, the school would then close effective next school year.

Prior to Wednesday's vote, three board members resigned. Joe Ulery had moved out of the district and couldn't legally serve on the board. Tara Underwood felt the board was not fairly exploring other options and disagreed with the numbers. LaDonna Hartman could not support the decision to close the school.

School administrators estimate closing McCune could save the district between $1.2 million to $1.5 million.


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