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Anderson School to close at end of school year

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Low enrollment has forced the school board to close Anderson at the end of the school year. Low enrollment has forced the school board to close Anderson at the end of the school year.
ANDERSON, AL (WAFF) -

A Lauderdale County school will close its doors for good at the end of the school year.

The Lauderdale County School Board voted to close the Anderson School last week, a decision that had been discussed for several years.

Superintendent Jennifer Gray said enrollment has been declining for the last few years, and they have no other choice but to close the school.

Anderson, which has been around for nearly 100 years, currently serves grades K-6. There are 91 students at the school this year, which is down about 20 from last year.

School officials said the students will either go to Lexington or Lauderdale County beginning in the fall of 2014. As for the seven teachers and staff members, the board said they will be assigned to a different school if they choose to stay.

Superintendent Gray said the closure is an emotional time for the entire county, especially the Anderson community.

"It's hard, just because we are aware of the tradition and the community support that makes up Anderson School. It's not a recommendation that I made on a whim or that the board voted quickly. There was a lot of thought and regret that had to go into that decision," said Gray.

This is the second county school to close in the last few years due to enrollment. Last year, the board closed Cloverdale School on similar grounds.

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