Franklin Co. School Board votes to close Burnt Chimney and Henry Elementary Schools

FRANKLIN COUNTY, Va. – The Franklin County School Board is moving forward with the closure of two elementary schools in an effort to address a financial shortfall within the district totaling millions of dollars.

As we reported back in January, Franklin County Public Schools is currently facing a $3.7 million deficit in the next fiscal year following funding cuts from the Commonwealth.

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To mitigate the challenge, the board has opted to close down Burnt Chimney and Henry Elementary Schools in a 5-3 vote. School Board Member Dawn McCray told 10 News that each school will save close to $1 million.

Both elementary schools will be closed in the 2024-25 academic year, authorities said.

This change will impact hundreds of students. See FCPS’ 2023-2024 elementary enrollment numbers below.

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