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HNS Board debates closing Newcastle school

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HARTINGTON — A handful of Newcastle residents listened Monday as Hartington-Newcastle School Board members discussed the possibility of closing Newcastle Elementary School this year.

Supt. A.J. Johnson said the issue is being discussed now because enrollment numbers have fallen and both teachers at the Newcastle facility have resigned.

As of right now, there are just three first grade students enrolled at Newcastle for next year and no kindergarten students, Johnson said. There are 13 students enrolled for preschool at Newcastle next year.

Newcastle resident and long-time Newcastle school employee, Jessica Gotch, addressed the board at the start of Monday's meeting.

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