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Public hearings on closing of two Chambersburg schools set for May 28

May 14, 2008|By DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Public hearings on the closing of two elementary schools in Chambersburg have been scheduled for Wednesday, May 28, by the Chambersburg School Board.

King Street Elementary and Mary B. Sharpe Elementary are scheduled to close at the end of this year when Benjamin Chambers Elementary School opens.

Chambers Elementary, which will have four classrooms for each grade from kindergarten through fifth grade, also replaces U.L. Gordy, which was demolished to make way for the new school off Franklin Street.

The hearing for the King Street school will begin at 6 p.m. followed by the Sharpe hearing at 6:30 p.m.

The hearings are required to take place at least 90 days before a vote to close a school, according to Superintendent Joseph Padasak.

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The district and Chambersburg borough recently celebrated 100 years of educating district children at Sharpe, one of the oldest continually operating schools in Pennsylvania.

Chambers Elementary, named for the borough's founder, is expected to open by January 2009.

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