BRANDENBURG, KY (WAVE) – Emotions were high at the Meade County School board meeting. Parents and students urged the school board not to close two Meade County schools that are on the chopping block.
Despite this being a familiar problem and one that districts have faced all across Kentuckiana, parents and students in Meade County said when it comes to their school, they can't help but speak out.
"I don't want the school to close down because there are a lot of teachers there that really help you," said Leah Hobbs, Muldraugh Elementary student.
The faces of Battletown and Muldraugh Elementary schools were the first to speak at the Meade County school board meeting Tuesday night.
"If you decide to close our school down, I will be torn apart," said Pleasant Davis, Muldraugh Elementary student.
Many are heartbroken at the thought of their school closing its doors for good.
"We will be sad for the rest of our life," said Kiersten Smith, Muldraugh Elementary student.
Superintendent Mitch Crump said the administration has to make up a projected $1-million budget shortfall. "The board will make the decision of what they think is right and best for our kids and the Meade County School system," said Crump.
Administrators said many factors have led to their financial situation. They point to state cuts, increased insurance and fuel costs, and simply said their operating expenses outweigh revenues.
"This is our community and so it is very painful for our community and I understand that and I respect the people that are here tonight," said Crump.
But some parents and tax payers question those reasons and believe there has to be other ways to save money.
"You all know that Muldraugh and Battletown have always been the black sheep of this county," said Janet Kelly, who has a granddaughter at Muldraugh Elementary.
Both elementary schools have under 100 students and Crump said there are only two other public schools that small in the state, but that's exactly why Susan Whelan says she loves her third grade son's elementary.
"It's what makes it such a jewel in the school system is the student-teacher ratio," said Whelan.
While many believe the school board has already made up its mind, they still can't help but give one more plea.
No decision was made regarding closing the schools and unless a special meeting is called, the school board will vote on this issue at their next meeting on April 10.