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St. Louis Public Schools face cuts, closures

Dr. Adams has proposed phasing out Cleveland NJROTC Academy by not accepting any new freshmen.  Under his proposal, the class of 2016 would the the military magnet school's last. Dr. Adams has proposed phasing out Cleveland NJROTC Academy by not accepting any new freshmen. Under his proposal, the class of 2016 would the the military magnet school's last. Image Source: Fox2 KTVI
Three public schools and more than 130 staff members, including 82 teachers, are facing the budget ax in the cash-strapped St. Louis public school district.

At Wednesday night's school board meeting, Superintendent Dr. Kelvin Adams recommended closing Sherman Elementary, L’Ouverture Middle School, and the Cleveland NJROTC Academy. Scores of students and parents attended the meeting in support of the military magnet school.

Adams also proposed increasing class sizes at the remaining schools.

The proposed cuts would trim $14 million from the district's budget.

The Special Administrative Board will vote next month on the recommendations.

District officials will gather feedback on the proposals at two forums this Saturday. The first will be from 10 a.m. to noon at Vashon High School, 3035 Cass Avenue. The second will be from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Central Visual Performing Arts High School, 3125 South Kingshighway.

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