JACKSON COUNTY, AL (WAFF) - The Jackson County School Board voted 3-2 to close Paint Rock Valley School on Thursday morning.
In 2017, the school board voted with a 2-2 tie with one board member abstaining to keep the school open after a vote to close the school failed to pass.
In the past community leaders have said the school, which has been open for over 80 years, is very important to the community and its identity. According to a petition from last year, some children at the school are 2nd, 3rd, even 4th generation Paint Rock Valley students.
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Paint Rock Valley High School was built during the era of the Great Depression. Rocks were pulled from fields and creeks to help build it.
Superintendent Kevin Dukes said that a significant amount of money would have been needed to spend on repairs just to bring the school building up to code and that folks in Jackson County felt like that would have been taking money away from larger schools that need improvements.
The school board received a cost estimate of $225,000 to make repairs to the roof, air conditioning, and kitchen hood but hadn't made any changes after the school system voted for those changes to be made last year.
Last week, school officials told us enrollment dropped from 76 to 74 this year.
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