Three schools in ISD 191 in the south metro will cease operations at the end of the current school year after board members voted in favor of closure Thursday night.
The Burnsville-Eagan-Savage school board received a recommendation from a third-party consultant to close schools to help with a decade-long problem of declining enrollment and revenue.
The recommendation was to close Marion W. Savage elementary in Savage, Sioux Trail elementary school in Burnsville, and Metcalf Middle School in Burnsville.
After a listening session Thursday evening, the school board held a vote and answered in favor of closing all three schools.
According to KSTP, the closures will affect approximately 1,200 students who will be going to new schools next year.
“Realigning our facilities to match our enrollment is an important part of our plan to better serve our students and put the district on more solid financial ground,” said Superintendent Dr. Theresa Battle, in a news release on the district's website, prior to Thursday's vote.
"While I believe closing schools is necessary, I know that families affected by this recommendation will feel many emotions. Schools are not just bricks and mortar. There are memories and emotions and entire childhoods connected to our schools.”
Key criteria for recommending closures were the age of each building, the capacity, and enrollment, along with how likely closing a school would result in students enrolling in a different district.
All three schools are among the oldest in the district.