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UPDATE: Charlevoix School Board Votes to Close One School, Hopes to Fix Budget

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We have an update tonight on one Charlevoix county school district's decision to close one of their schools.

We now know, Charlevoix Public Schools will close their Middle School building next year.

In March, the board voted to go from a three building district, down to two, but they didn't know at the time which school would close.

Next year, kindergarten through 6th grade will be in the current elementary school, and 7th through 12th in the high school.

This is one way the district plans to make up for an estimated one-million dollar loss in revenue for next year.


In an attempt to fix their budget, one northern Michigan school board decided tonight to close one of their schools.

The district will now go from three buildings down to two.

It was a 4-to-3 vote by the school board, making the final decision tonight.

The downsize will take place next fall for students who attend Charlevoix public schools.

Kindergartners through 6th graders will attend classes in one building.

7th and 8th graders will attend classes at the high school, with 9th through 12th graders.

Many parents worry about how large class sizes will grow due to the consolidation, while others say as long as their child is learning, they'll be happy.

The school says their decision will save them around one million dollars.

It has not been decided yet whether or not they will close the elementary or middle school building.

9 & 10's Meredith Barack and photojournalist Jeff Blakeman