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T.C. Walker closure discussed at MidPenVOTE forum

Gloucester County School Board chairman Anita Parker took the time to explain her vote on closing T.C. Walker Elementary School, as well as touching on possible uses for the building and commemorating Walker’s legacy, during Friday’s Lunch with the League program at Gloucester’s First Presbyterian Church.

Parker was one of four guest speakers as the Middle Peninsula League of Voters focused its most recent forum on local school matters. She was joined by Gloucester Superintendent of Schools Ben Kiser, Mathews County School Board chairman John Persinger and Mathews Superintendent David Holleran. MidPenVOTE chair Katie Thompson served as moderator.

Parker, who voted against closing T.C. Walker, said that she opposed the plan because she was "worried about the numbers," saying that the division has worked hard to keep its student/teacher ratio low.

She was also concerned that next year’s enrollment figures would come in higher than initially pr...

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