HANNIBAL - The audience at the Switzerland of Ohio Local Board of Education meeting Thursday night was a sea of blue as parents, students and alumni came to ask, "Why close Beallsville?"
There has been a rumor floating throughout the school district that the school board was planning to close Beallsville High School and send the 100 students to another high school.
This redistricting, as Superintendent John Hall calls it, became more real after Hall published a piece in a local publication.
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Members of the audience sing the Beallsville alma mater.
Parents and alumni spoke of their frustration with the rumor, the board and the lack of education the current students are receiving.
Beallsville resident Nikki Ray asked the board, "Why are our kids and high school under attack?"
At one point, after numerous unanswered questions, one member of the audience called for a resignation of a board member.
As board member and River graduate Justin Isaly tried to speak to the crowd and state, "We all care about the education of our children. We can not change decisions that were made before us. We have to get past that."
Isaly was not able to finish his comment due to the crowd's unrest and the constant statement that Monroe Central, another high school in the district, gets everything.
District Treasurer Lance Erlwein stated that the possible closing of Beallsville was not on the agenda tonight.
Public participation ended with students leading the crowd in singing of the Beallsville alma mater. Every Blue Devil in the crowd stood, joined hands and sang along.
The board later went into an executive session.
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