LINCOLN COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18)– The Lincoln County School Board’s vote to close McKinney Elementary School has outraged parents and teachers.
Parents, students, and teachers of McKinney Elementary School urged the board to keep the school that they love, but some were in favor of closing the school, saying it was in need of too many repairs.
Third-grader Chasity Clark told LEX 18 that she fears what going to a bigger school may mean.
“I come in and I see friendly faces, and they know me by my name. If I go into another school, they aren’t going to know me, and it’s going to be really hard and I mean, not just for me, for everybody,” she said.
Jennifer Broadbent, a mother of a McKinney Elementary Student, said the vote was unfair because McKinney no longer has a member on the school board after the previous board member retired this year. That’s why Broadbent believes voting should be tabled until McKinney has board representation.
“If we had someone on the board right now, and it still closed, we would accept that because we had representation. If we don’t have a member we don’t have a vote,” she said.
A press release from the Lincoln County Superintendent said, “the district is currently spending more money to educate students at McKinney Elementary as compared to other school districts.”
They also said that the cost per student at McKinney was more than $14,000, about $2,000-$3,000 more than the other five elementary schools. S