Votes pass school consolidation

ATWOOD -- Hundreds of students will be bussed to a new school. The vote to combine Atwood-Hammond and Arthur-Lovington high schools passed Tuesday night.

Close to 120 students will now be bussed to Arthur-Lovington. Kindergarten through 8th grade will be at Atwood-Hammond. School board members say the consolidation will help to pull them out of the red.

After budget cuts, members say Atwood-Hammond financially hit rock bottom. With two schools combining they say they'll be able to add more core classes and electives, creating an overall better education for kids.

"Our students are going to have increased educational opportunities. The tax rate should stabilize over the next 4, 5, 6 years." board member Tedd Rombine said. The move takes place in the 2014 school year.

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