The decision to close a school is most difficult and emotional. On July 8, the Fairfax County School Board voted in a 9-2 vote to close Clifton Elementary School. This action by the School Board was done with careful review, analysis and reason. It was done to benefit the students of Clifton, the students of this county and the Fairfax County Public School system. The following is a response to recent articles and letters to the editor about this issue.