FORSYTH, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) - Tonight, after months of discussion, the Monroe County School Board votes to consolidate the middle schools. The process will begin at the start of the 2012/2013 school year.
Even after weeks of open forums and discussion, some parents feel uneasy about the decision to combine the middle schools. Sheila Stark, who's daughters are in fifth and seventh grade, says the school board didn't make good on their promise to bring more information to tonight's meeting.
"I'm very upset that there wasn't more discussion tonight than there was. I think it was decided before we got here and I think they voted and made it quick so that no one would have a chance to say anything," says Stark.
All sixth grade students will move to Monroe County Middle School at William Hubbard Campus. Seventh and eighth graders will attend Monroe County Middle School at Banks Stephens Campus. School board member, Eva Bilderback says, she understands the parents fear of change but she believes in consolidation.
"We just have to try it and hopefully everybody will be pleased once it happens. I think they will be," says Bilderback.
Bilderback says the school board had to make financial cut backs, and they crunched the budget even before they brought this plan to the table. She tells 41 NBC this will save the school system a little more than $700,000 a year.