Boone Central Middle School in Petersburg will be open for two more school years, but then will be closed before the 2021-22 school year when all classes are moved to Albion.
That was the decision of the Boone Central School Board in its regular meeting Monday night, Aug. 12, at the school art room in Albion.
The resolution to close the middle school facility at Petersburg passed on a 5-1 vote, with board members Tim Stopak, Ed Knott, Darren Wright, Justin Frey and Kathy Rolf voting in favor and board member Karrie Fogleman opposed.
The possibility of closing the Petersburg facility has been under consideration for more than a year, according to board chairman Stopak, who thanked his fellow board members, administrators, school staff and school patrons for their hard work, passion and input on this issue.
Before the vote was taken, Stopak read a recommendation from the board’s facilities committee to close the Petersburg facility. Factors such as efficiencies in staffing and transportation, maintenance costs, enrollment projections and more were cited in the recommendation.
More than 50 school patrons attended Monday night’s meeting to hear the decision.
Complete story in the Aug. 14 Albion News Print and E-editions.