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Fayette County School Board holds hearing on closures

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FAYETTE COUNTY, Ga. -

Parents may sound off again on proposed changes for the Fayette County School District. The county is facing a $15 million budget shortfall, so the school board has proposed closing four schools.
    
Tyrone Elementary, Brooks Elementary, Fayette Middle School, and Fayetteville Intermediate School are on the chopping block.

The district is facing the shortfall after it overbuilt based on growing population projections that did not happen because of the recession and housing crisis.

Parents said they are angry over the budget crisis. Mary Hooper said that she moved to Fayette from Cobb County to take advantage of top-rated Tyrone Elementary School.

"It was the absolute driver for us to purchase the home," Hooper said.

Monday's hearing was the final chance for parents and community members to tell the school board how they feel about the possible closures, and how they'll affect their kids.

"We are creating a Fayette County identity….a credibility crisis with the next wave of people who could come in here to pay the property taxes that are going to get us out of this fiscal crisis," said Kevin Murphy, a concerned parent.

No decision was made on Monday.

Even if the decision is made to close the four schools, that would only account for about $4 million of the shortfall.

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