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Mississippi district votes to close rural elementary school

March 28, 2019

CRENSHAW, Miss. (AP) — A north Mississippi school district is closing an elementary school, citing declining student numbers, poor performance and difficulties in attracting teachers to a rural location.

WREG-TV reports the North Panola school district voted Tuesday to close Crenshaw Elementary School in the town of Crenshaw. The 88 students in grades K-5 will attend schools in Como and Sardis starting next August.

Superintendent Cedric Richardson says the district has struggled to find credentialed teachers for the rural school even after offering a signing bonus.

Crenshaw is on the western edge of Panola County, more than 20 miles from population centered along Interstate 55.

Community members oppose the decision. Patricia Banks says she wanted her grandson, now a third-grader, to continue at the school.

The building is supposed to become a community center.