The Haywood County School board has voted to close Central Elementary School in Waynesville on a 6-to-2 vote. Board Chairman Chuck Francis, who as Chair did not vote, called it a "heartbreaking decision," and a day he hoped would never come. He cited funding cuts and declining enrollment, partly due to the opening of a charter school nearby, as reasons for the action. He spoke with WCQS's Jeremy Loeb.
Central Elementary Principal Jean Ann Yates e-mailed a statement to WCQS: