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District 191 votes to close 3 schools amid budget shortfall

Updated: December 12, 2019 10:16 PM

Many parents in the Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District on Thursday learned whether their children will be attending a different school next year. The decision: to close three schools.

After years upon years of declines in revenue and enrollment, three schools were on the possible hit list. On Thursday night, families shared their thoughts during a listening session.

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After that, the session turned into a regular school board meeting where the board voted to cease operations at Sioux Trail Elementary School, Marion Savage Elementary School, and Metcalf Middle School at the end of the school year.

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

Board members voted on each school individually and the answer was yes to shut Sioux Trail Elementary and Marion Savage Elementary along with Metcalf Middle School and this end of this school year. About 1,200 students attend them.

When ISD 191 had an outside study done to gauge the feasibility, experts looked at the age of the buildings, capacity and enrollment and the risk of losing students to other districts. That put a spotlight on the three schools.

Over the past decade, the district said enrollment has dropped 15% and is expected to drop another 9% over the next five years.

At its next meeting and going forward, board members will begin work on mapping out the school boundary changes.

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