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Two Concord Schools Get The Axe

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Concerned parents crowd the Mt. Diablo High School gym to voice opposition to school closures.

Concerned parents crowd the Mt. Diablo High School gym to voice opposition to school closures.

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CONCORD (KCBS )- More than 500 people showed up at the Mount Diablo School District board meeting in Concord on Tuesday night in an unsuccessful attempt to stop the closure of two schools.

KCBS’ Bob Melrose Reports:

There was so much interest in the meeting that it had to be moved from the cramped headquarters of the Mount Diablo School District to the Mount Diablo High School gym so that there would be enough room for everyone who wanted to attend. However, the majority of the large crowd was disappointed when the board voted four to one to close Holbrook Elementary and Glenbrook Middle School.

The board had spent months hashing out a plan to save money. The closures will save the district $1.5 million.

“As much as I understand the parents’ desire for us to make a decision, when we closed schools 30 years ago, none of them reopened,” said Board President Gary Eberhart. “So when we close these schools tonight, history would tell us that this is likely it for these schools.”

Next week the board may vote to close Westwood or Silverwood Elementary.

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