Fayette County Schools plans to host a public forum on Aug. 30 to address a planned redistricting of the school system. Under plans offered by both Superintendent Jeff Bearden and some school board members, the district would close multiple schools in an effort to balance the budget. The district has lost $25 million in revenue over the past four years.
Bearden has called for the closure of three schools, and the repurposing of some facilities. But two board members have proposed closing additional schools, something Bearden opposes as harmful to students and the local community.
"I made a recommendation to the Board of Education that I stood behind last spring and I stand behind today," Beaden said in a letter to the community published in The Citizen newspaper. "My decisions are always motivated by what I think is best for the community in which I live and the children for whom I serve."
The public forum is scheduled for 7 pm on Aug. 30 at Fayette County High School.
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