Moon votes to close Hyde Elementary

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Moon Area School District board members, ignoring the protests of a furious parents, voted Monday night to close R. Hyde Elementary School in an effort to save approximately $500,000 in the growing district.

Board members voted 7-2 to close the school, with Michael Hauser and Jerry Testa voting against the closure. Members also voted to pursue merger discussions with nearby district Cornell and to reconfigure grade levels within the remaining four elementary school buildings.

Mr. Testa said he is still considering filing an injunction to stop the closure of Hyde because members of the public were not allowed to speak before the board's initial June 25 vote to shutter the school. From 75 to 100 parents attended Monday night's meeting, and were allowed to speak before the vote.

Even as the board is closing Hyde, the district plans to build classrooms at another elementary, J.H. Brooks, at a cost of approximately $18 million, Mr. Testa said. The district also has proposed $8 million in renovations at Allard Elementary School, he said.

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