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Decision to close Clifton Elementary still stings

Published on: 
Wed, 10/13/2010
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Fairfax Times
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By now, it's common knowledge that the School Board voted to close Clifton Elementary School after the 2010-11 school year. The reason given by various board members was to save money by not spending the budgeted $11 million on renovating Clifton and instead allocating the money more prudently to other communities and schools with greater needs.  Unfortunately, there is no place for these 400 students to go. Neighboring schools can't accommodate this many students, so the plan now is to pay nearly $15 million to renovate neighboring schools so they have somewhere to go. Huh. How is spending $15 million rather than $11 million saving money? This must be the "new math" they are teaching the kids in schools these days.

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