St. Louis school board votes to close 17 schools

Friday, March 13, 2009 | 8:24 a.m. CDT; updated 10:43 a.m. CDT, Friday, March 13, 2009

ST. LOUIS — The St. Louis appointed school board voted to close 14 schools this year and three more in the future to reduce a growing budget deficit.

School Board CEO Rick Sullivan said Thursday night the board believes fewer buildings will improve efficiency and student performance.

Superintendent Kelvin Adams was to outline the plan for a smooth transition Friday.

Adams recommended closing the 17 schools, rather than 29 proposed by consultants.

The district is now overseen by an appointed school board trying to fix its academic and financial problems, including a projected deficit of $36 million for the 2008-09 budget year.

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