Consolidation discussed at Marietta Schools meeting

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MARIETTA, Ohio (WTAP) - Population at Marietta City Schools have been declining in recent years, and a discussion began about the potential closings of one or more city schools.

City schools superintendent Will Hampton believes that there is no longer a need for four elementary schools, a middle school, and a high school.

The options given for consolidation included two that closed the middle school entirely.

Parents came out to the meeting and asked many questions, such as questioning the need for change, where their children would be sent to, as well as where their money would be going. Hampton said that community feedback is important when making decisions like these.

"This meeting I think was important," said Superintendent Hampton. "The public really wanted to talk. More than anything they wanted to have a conversation, open dialogue, and get to ask those questions that maybe they didn't feel they could've asked before."

Any questions about possible school consolidations or closings may be directed to the superintendent's office.