Jackson County Schools to close Paint Rock Valley School

JACKSON COUNTY, Ala. - Paint Rock Valley School is closing its doors. The school board made the decision Thursday morning in a 3 to 2 vote.

WHNT News 19's Olivia Steen says the board first planned to discuss needed repairs to the school, but decided to vote on closing the school instead.

"I was not expecting the heated debate," said Jackson County Schools Superintendent Kevin Dukes.

Paint Rock Valley School needed several repairs to the school's cafeteria that were estimated to cost more than $200,000.

"I did put on the agenda the options of repair to be done and then at that point one of the board members, once they saw it decided to amend the agenda to put the closure of the school," explained Dukes.

Board member Dr. Angela Guess made the amendment -- forcing them to bring the option to close Paint Rock Valley School to the table.

This isn't the first time the school's closure was up for discussion. Last year the board voted against Dukes' recommendation to close it and instead chose to keep it open.

"A year ago when I made that recommendation, I felt that was what was best for the students of Paint Rock Valley. They weren't getting the same opportunities in my opinion as the rest of the students," said Dukes.

The last day for students at Paint Rock Valley School will be May 24th.