Hundreds signing petitions against consolidating some RCSS

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News12 First at Five/ Jan. 23, 2014

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- Recommendations to close or consolidate a handful of Richmond County Schools are not sitting well.

Some parents don't like the idea of putting middle school and high school students in the same building. Parents are getting petitions signed against the plan.

"They don't need to change the elementary schools and put them with the middle school students," said Parent

Parents are putting opposing to the plan with a signature. The Richmond County School Board is considering closing three schools, consolidating three others, and relocating one.

The idea of putting Murphy Middle school and Josey High School Students under the same roof has Monique Braswell hitting the pavement.

"I can say we are in the four digit numbers," said Braswell.

She's spent the last two days since the announcement going to different stores getting signatures. Parents at the Murphy Middle School were planning to meet tomorrow but that was cancelled today by School Superintendent Dr. Frank Roberson.

"This is a meeting for parents to get together so we can talk about it. Maybe just one time we thought they would hear us," said Braswell.

Dr. Roberson tells us the meeting was cancelled, because it was not called by the school. Murphy parents say they'll meet Friday, Jan. 24 at the library on Telfair Street at 6 p.m. instead.

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