The Chesterfield County School Board has unanimously voted to close Chester Middle School at the end of the current school year.
The vote, unpopular with many in the area, was taken at Tuesday night's board meeting. The board also voted to keep next year's 8th grade class at the school, as well as the incoming freshman class at Thomas Dale High School.
School board members had proposed closing Chester Middle because it was under capacity, as are two other nearby middle schools (Elizabeth Davis and Carver).
The proposal was for Chester Middle students to be redistributed among the other middle schools, and to turn the building into a freshman annex for Thomas Dale. Thomas Dale High School is currently at 130 percent capacity.
Parents of current Chester Middle students were outraged.
"I don't think we were listened to at all, I think the decision was made the first of December," said parent Angela Jenkins. "I think they decided since we made such an uproar that they'd give us some lip service and pretend like they listened to us."
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