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Apr 10, 2012 6:08 PM by Lacey Steele

Canon City community reacts to school consolidation

Two elementary schools and two high schools in Canon City will be consolidated in an attempt to offset a $950,000 budget shortfall.

Madison Exploratory School is one that will close and consolidate into another school.

Many we spoke to say there's a waiting list to get into Madison, and some parents are unhappy.

One father said he fears his son will not do as well in a larger, consolidated school.

Community members seem to be both for and against the moves.

"It's bound to hurt," said Michael Wilson, a resident of Canon City who's against the consolidation. "You put too many children in the same classroom, and somebody is not going to be able to learn. If they had a little bit of extra care, they will learn."

"If schools have to close, there's a budget crunch, I can understand that," said Beth Parsons, who works in Canon City and is for consolidation. "You ought to let the administrators and the teachers work out the best way to do that."

Some of the residents around Madison Exploratory School say they feel closing the school is a good decision because the facility isn't adequate since it doesn't have a cafeteria.

The decision was made at a school board meeting Monday night.

The current principal at Madison, Beth Gaffney, was also voted in to be the principal at the new exploratory school.

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