Other counties are closing schools

St. Pete Times reports Pinellas school administrators have identified five elementary schools that could be closed next year as the district deals with budget problems and long-running enrollment declines.

This year’s spending will be cut by at least $21-million — not $13.8-million as was planned. An additional $40-million will have to be cut next year. Enrollment, meanwhile, has dropped to 104,717, down nearly 7,000 students since 2005.

The School Board will discuss the list at a workshop today, and administrators are hoping for a decision by January on whether all or some of the schools will close.

Escambia County is facing similar issues. How will Superintendent Thomas and the new board deal with it?