The Muscogee County School Board has approved closing Benning Hills Elementary and the Muscogee County Evening High School next school year.
Students at Benning Hills will be consolidated with those at Muscogee Elementary.
Muscogee Elementary has 189 students and Benning Hills has 212 students. The school district employs a full-time principal, a full-time counselor, a full-time media specialist, and a full-time secretary at each of these schools.
Consolidating the schools would save the district about $350,000 in salaries. Teachers from Benning Hills would move to Muscogee Elementary. Administrators, such as the counselor, and secretaries would be moved to other vacant positions in the district.
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Superintendent Susan Andrews said the district is not boarding up the school and administrators are looking for other uses for the building.
The district will also close the Muscogee County Evening High School. The program allows students to attend classes at the Daniel Educational Center from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. daily to recover credits toward high school graduation.
It has seen a decline in enrollment over the last three years and more high schools are implementing their own credit recovery programs during the school year and the summer. The program costs about $450,000 in personnel costs.
All the teachers at the evening school are already employed with the district in other teacher positions and will lose the extended day money they earn from teaching evening classes. Students will be able to continue credit recovery at individual schools.