MPS Board hears impacts of closing McKinley Elementary from its families and educators
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MINOT, N.D. () — A meeting was held Monday night to hear from families and educators about the possible closing of a small elementary school.

Minot Public School board members are considering closing McKinley and Bell Elementary to offset the district being over budget.

$6 million is how much leaders project to be over budget next school year.

Bell and McKinley are two of the smallest elementary schools in the district and are single-section schools, which means there is only one class per grade.

School board members heard testimonies from people who will be directly impacted if McKinley closes. People had a lot to say, but the main one was how smaller school settings are crucial for students to excel, especially in this case.

“For many students, McKinley is their safe haven. Many involve some sort of poverty, abuse, drug, alcohol, death of a parent, a parent in jail, or just simply not having a parent whom they can trust,” said the third-grade teacher at McKinley Elementary, Megan Johnson. “Closing McKinley isn’t going to resolve this deficit, but it will cause more trauma in these children. They are able to succeed in school right now due to smaller class sizes and smaller school settings. We are not just students and staff, we are a family.”

So what will happen to the building if the school is closed? How will students get to and from school if transferred to a different elementary? How much money will it actually save the district?

The answers to those questions and more will be posted on the district website under frequently asked questions.

Board members are meeting at Bell Elementary on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. to hear from its families and educators.

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