MADISON — Quietly, without fanfare, the Boone County Board of Education voted unanimously Monday evening to close three schools in the county.
The Board’s superintendent and other administrators have cited lost tax revenues as the reason for closing the schools in the past. Boone has suffered from a declining coal industry as well as the associated exodus of residents from the county. This has, as expected, caused a decrease in school enrollment.
Despite efforts by some citizen activists to delay or abort the planned closures, the Board remained firm in its commitment to close the three.
Set for closure are Wharton, Jeffrey Spencer and Nellis elementaries.
Further details will appear in a future edition of the Corridor Chronicle.
By Ron Gregory