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Brown County Schools Releases New District Maps

Brown County Schools has released maps outlining new elementary school boundaries for the 2013-14 school year.

Facing a nearly $1 million budget deficit, Brown County schools decided in March to consolidate elementary schools.

It is converting Nashville Elementary School to an intermediate school combining all fifth and sixth grade students from the entire district. Kindergarten through fourth grade students will be divided between Helmsburg, Sprunica, and Van Buren Elementary Schools.

Enrollment has been steadily declining for the past decade in Brown County, leading to a lower budget each year, but staffing levels have remained the same.

The consolidation comes as an attempt to avoid layoffs, in hopes the staff will shrink due to resignations and retirements.

When the decision was announced in March, parents voiced concerns about a variety of issues, especially class sizes, which will grow from 13 to 14 students to an average of 25 students.

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