PORTLAND -- The Portland School Board voted Tuesday night to close Marshall High School and alter Jefferson High School.

In a 4-3 vote, the school board decided to close Marshall to increase enrollment and strengthen the academic program at the seven comprehensive high schools, according to the district.

Jefferson High School will become a district wide college-oriented focus option school, which was decided in a 6-1 board vote.

The changes will go into effect in 2011.

A report prepared for the board had said shuttering Marshall school would save about $855,000, mostly in administrative, custodial and utility costs. Most students at Marshall would be shifted to Cleveland and Franklin High Schools and some to Madison.

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The district said staffers will spend the next several weeks working with the Marshall and Jefferson communities to finalize recommendations for high school boundaries for the 2011-12 school year.

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