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Controversial consolidation of schools could save district millions

Education

A controversial consolidation in Brooke County schools could actually end up saving $3 million, according to the latest numbers. 

7News first broke the news of the seven elementary schools consolidating into four last summer. 

The decision was made to help with declining revenue and decreasing enrollment in the county.

Brooke County Superintendent Toni Paesano Shute said the district originally estimated $2 million in savings.

She believes these new numbers will help ease the Bruin community during the transition.

“That money pays for all of our professional personnel and our service personnel. It pays for our coaches’ salaries. It pays to have substitutes. Then, the money left is spent on children. So the savings comes back in three-fold to the number one thing in Brooke County and that’s our students,” Paesano Shute said.

Starting in August, students will have the chance to visit their new school and teachers.

Stay with 7News for further updates.

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