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West Shore to close middle school

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NEW CUMBERLAND, Pa. (WHTM) -

The West Shore School District is planning to close one of its four middle schools at the end of the year.

According to the proposal, the move would save the district more than one million dollars.

"Obviously, we have concerns about what will happen with staffing, not only the perspective of teachers, but the impact it will have on students," said Lora Apaliski, UniServ representative.

The proposal recommends closing either Lemoyne Middle School or New Cumberland Middle School. The move would require redistricting. Some students would be sent to Allen and Crossroads middle schools.

Before the board makes a decision, they are considering several factors like school capacity, potential class size and new bus routes.

Some of the money the district would save would be in teacher and staff cuts.

"We will work with the board if they are willing to work with the local in order to try and work through the budgetary cuts and to make sure we are doing the best thing possible, not only for the staff of the West Shore School District but also for the students," Apaliski said. "At this point in time, it is premature to know what the final impact will be."

The school board is expected to make a decision by April.

A public meeting is being held Wednesday at 6 p.m. at Cedar Cliff High School.

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