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JAMESVILLE MAYOR: School Closing Will "Hurt Us"

When the final bell rings in June at Jamesville Middle, it will be for the last time. The school will not open this fall.

The Martin County Board of Education voted Monday night to close Jamesville Middle and move its students to Jamesville Elementary and Riverside Middle School.

Superintendent Ronald Melchiorre says with only 91 full-time students, it made sense to consolidate the schools.

Jamesville Mayor Brad Davis says he attended Jamesville Middle back when it was a K-12 grade school.

"It's sad to see it go," Davis told WITN. "It's the center of the community. People tell me they move to this town just for the school system and to see it go will hurt us."

Melchiorre says the teachers at Jamesville Middle will relocate to different schools in Martin County.
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When the final bell rings in June at Jamesville Middle, it will be for the last time. The school will not open this fall.

The Martin County Board of Education voted Monday night to close Jamesville Middle and move its students to Jamesville Elementary and Riverside Middle School.

Superintendent Ronald Melchiorre says sixth graders will go to Jamesville Elementary, while seventh and eighth graders will attend Riverside. Melchiorre says the Jamesville Middle currently has 103 students. He told WITN he is confident in the decision the school board made to close Jamesville.

"To have a school that is going below 100 students and the cost to operate that, and the opportunity to go to a brand new school for seventh and eighth grade students is a big plus for, I think, those students and also for that community," Melchiorre said.

Jamesville Elementary School currently has 228 students enrolled, while Riverside Middle has 412. Melchiorre says the larger schools offer more programs for students in academics, athletics and extracurriculars.

Not everyone agrees. The school board vote was split Monday night 4-2. Van Heath, whose district includes Jamesville, voted to keep the school open, as did Gene Scott.

There are currently no plans for the current Jamesville Middle School building once it closes.


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