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Parents, students to learn whether 3 schools in Burnsville-Eagan-Savage school district will close

Updated: December 12, 2019 07:20 AM

Thursday, parents with students in the Burnsville-Eagan-Savage school district could learn whether their children will be attending a different school next year.

Three schools are facing closure due to declining enrollment and a budget shortfall.

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Last week, families attended a meeting to ask school officials to consider other options.

Parents give emotional pleas to not close 3 schools in Burnsville-Eagan-Savage school district

The school board is considering shutting down Sioux Trail Elementary, Marion Savage Elementary and Metcalf Middle Schools.

Officials are citing declining enrollment and increased maintenance costs as part of the cause for the $7 million budget shortfall.

5 EYEWITNESS NEWS heard from parents who said forcing their kids to attend different schools should have been the final option. They said they're now considering enrolling their students in other districts.

"I have a great love for the teachers and staff in (District) 191 and I have stood up for this district more times than I can count and supported the teachers whenever possible," parent Jessica McMahon said. "I don't want to move my kids to a different district, but I don't see much of a choice when you close not one, but two amazing schools here." 

The school board listening session starts at 5:45 p.m., while the Board of Education's regular meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. 

Stay with 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS and KSTP.com for updates on the decision.

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