Students attending Galesburg's Cooke Elementary school will not return once this school year is over.
School board members decided to close Cooke Elementary at last night's board meeting. Now parents in Galesburg want to know why.
Superintendent Bart Arthur says the district is $4-million dollars in debt and currently Cooke has an average of 15 students in each class. He says closing Cooke would save the district about $930-thousand a year.
Still, Superintendent Arthur admits many of the concerns surrounding this decision are valid.
"When we make cuts like this, it affects the students, and it effects student achievement," Arthur said. "And at a time when accountability is the highest, not a good time to have to make cuts."
The school board has proposed that the Cooke students attend the nearby Steele Elementary.