Report suggests closing 3 Garrett County schools

OAKLAND — A consultant is suggesting that three elementary schools in Garrett County be closed to cut costs.

The Cumberland Times-News reported Wednesday on a school consolidation study done by Facility Engineering Associates of Fairfax, Va.

A company representative says closing three of the county’s eight elementary schools is the most extreme option for reducing costs. But he says even that option wouldn’t be enough to close a $2.2 million budget gap.

An architect says some of the remaining elementary schools would have to be modified to handle more students.

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