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April 4, 2014

Hamilton County elementary school consolidation proposal riles White Springs residents

Jasper — The White Springs Town Council held an emergency-called meeting on Friday, April 4, to address an upcoming school district proposal to consolidate all three elementary schools in the county. A large crowd of White Springs community members were in attendance at the meeting to learn the specifics of the proposed consolidation and many, including town council members, vehemently objected to the idea.

A consolidation would mean closing South Hamilton Elementary School in White Springs, North Hamilton Elementary School in Jennings and Central Hamilton Elementary School in Jasper, and move forward with a plan, in conjunction with the Florida Department of Education, to build a new school that would accommodate all Hamilton County elementary students at a site in Jasper that is yet to be determined.

A school board meeting is scheduled for Monday, April 14, at the Hamilton County High School auditorium at 6 p.m., where school board members will vote yes or no on the matter.

In the provided video, White Springs Town Councilman Rhett Bullard voices his opinion.

See the complete story in next week's Jasper News.

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