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Elementary school closure topic of discussion

Following a lengthy discussion on its own budget, the Gloucester County School Board met jointly with the county’s board of supervisors last Thursday night at Gloucester High School to answer any questions the supervisors had regarding school funding needs.

The discussion quickly turned into Superintendent of Schools Ben Kiser’s defending his and the school board’s decision to shut down T.C. Walker Elementary School. The decision has proved to be a controversial one, sparking two separate protests, including one at Gloucester High School just before the start of last week’s meeting.

"Sometimes it appears you all are not listening to the citizens," said supervisors’ chair Carter Borden. "If you listen to the citizens, you’ll never close T.C. Walker as a school." His comments were followed by applause from a group of people in the audience.

Kiser said the school board has not yet made a decision on a solution on where Page M...

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