Town wants schools open, superintendent believes they must close

WALKER COUNTY, AL (WBRC) - By Sherea Harris

WALKER COUNTY, AL (WBRC) -  Parents, teachers, and students in Walker County are fighting to keep two schools open among budget crisis.

Farmstead and Townley Schools could be closed to save the school system money.
It was standing room only at the meeting and several people spoke to the school board begging them not to close the two schools.

They were tagged for closure because of their lower enrollment.

The Walker County School System faces a deficit of more than $4 million. That's why the superintendent says there's no other choice but to close schools.

"When you have to make up $4.7 million in order to get back to zero, you got a tremendous hurdle to get over. Unfortunately, you got to make tough decisions," said Walker County Schools Superintendent Dr. Jason Adkins.

Lisa Hudson, who has two children who attend Townley School said, "It makes you feel kind of bad that they don't look at our school and what it means to us."

Lafonda Kiker, a teacher at Farmstead School said, "I don't think it's fair. I believe the school is thriving and enrollment is going up. It's an asset to the community."

Superintendent Jason Adkins says the school system inherited financial problems from the previous administration coupled with the Alabama's 3% proration made matters worse.

The board will vote on the closures in April and if passed, the schools will be closed next school year. The students of Farmstead and Townley would be sent to other schools.

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