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Daniel Boone board OKs closing of Birdsboro Elementary

BIRDSBORO, Pa. - It's not the decision many parents of students in the Daniel Boone Area School District were hoping for.

The district's school board has voted to close Birdsboro Elementary School after this school year.

Currently, the school houses only fifth graders. That's the final phase of a three-year plan to shutter the school.

The district's plans also call for Monocacy Elementary Center to become the Daniel Boone Primary Center and house all kindergarten, first-grade, and second-grade students.

Amity Elementary would become the Daniel Boone Intermediate Center and house all third-, fourth-, and fifth-grade classes.

The moves are the result of declining enrollment in the district, which is expected to dip below 3,000 students by 2020. That's down from nearly 4,000 in 2010.

Officials said Birdsboro Elementary would have also needed at least $3 million worth of repairs in the coming years. They added that it's possible the building may end up housing the district administration's offices and a community center.


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