Tears and threats after board closes historic Wash. school

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by ELISA HAHN / KING 5 News

NWCN.com

Posted on June 14, 2010 at 10:38 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jun 15 at 8:17 AM

ARLINGTON, Wash. - The Arlington school board voted unanimously Monday night to close Trafton Elementary School - the oldest operating school in Washington state.

Over the last 3 months, parents and students held countless rallies and testified before the school board, explaining to why the rural school should be kept open.

But the district is facing a $1.7 million shortfall, and closing Trafton would save it about a quarter of a million dollars.

"They've made several years of mistakes and now punishing the community," said parent Shannon Oquist.

Parents and kids left the school board meeting in tears. Some threatened the board members that they will be gone in the next election.

"We're not out to get Trafton, this isn't the last cut that will have to be made," says board member Jim Weiss.

"It's not just the 135 at Trafton. It's the 5300 kids we're responsible for," said a tearful Kay Duskin, school board vice president.

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