Chesterfield parents fight to keep middle school open

By Evrod Cassimy - bio | email
Posted by Terry Alexander - email

CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - School board leaders proposed to close Chester Middle School and reopen it as a freshman campus only due to overcrowding at Thomas Dale High School. Parents however say that's not the answer.

About 75 parents packed Tuesday night's school board meeting after learning of the school board's proposal. Nearly a dozen of them spoke before board members. They do not want to see their children shuffled around to a new school in the county.

The board has discussed what to do about the overcrowding situation for a few months and found that this would be the most cost effective solution. Parents are hoping they'll reconsider.

This proposal will affect the 2010-2011 school year however it is not set in stone. The plan calls to close the school by the end of the school year.

The school board is holding a community meeting where parents can give their input on the overcrowding problem and offer solutions. That will be held on Wednesday, December 16, at 7 p.m. at Thomas Dale High School.

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