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Brevard County School Board votes to close three schools

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VIERA, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) -

Facing a nearly $30 million deficit, school board members in Brevard County have voted to close three schools: Gardendale Elementary, South Lake Elementary and Clearlake Middle School, on the other hand they voted to leave Sea Park Elementary in Satellite beach open.

"It's extremely upsetting, not just for my children, but for all the neighborhoods children who walk to school," said Christine McClure, a parent at Gardendale Elementary.

Parents were very emotional following the board's decision, some were even brought to tears, others said they would  rather home school their children then deal with larger class sizes.

"My 4-year-old told me this morning to come to the meeting tonight and to save her school, so that she could be in kindergarten class next year.  Now, I have to go home and tell her she doesn't get to go to school next year; that she is going to be home-schooled instead," said Gardendale parent Nancy Bree.

The vote to keep Sea Park Elementary open was a pleasant surprise for parents, and grandparents.

"I have two grandsons there, so I'm very ecstatic about it and surprised," said Sea Park grandparent Patricia Keith.

School board member Amy Kneessy was the only member to vote against closing all four schools, now parents in the newly formed Brevard Parents Political Action Committee aimed at monitoring the board say they're battle is just beginning.

"I'm hoping there's recourse and we are not giving up the fight," McClure said.

Board members also voted to cut corridor busing which effects about 6,000 students.  The remaining cuts on the table are set to be voted on at the school board's next meeting on February 26th.

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