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District Officials At Odds Over Possible Blairsville-Saltsburg Reconfiguration

SALTSBURG (KDKA) -- There was more yelling than talking at the Blairsville-Saltsburg School Board meeting Tuesday night.

Some Board members and the superintendent were at odds over possible reconfiguration of school buildings.

Ninety-nine classes in the district have fewer than 10 students in the classroom.

A consolidation or reconfiguration would save money.

"We realize that academically the students could benefit more class options, more course options, more competition," said Superintendent Dr. Tammy Whitfield. "Fiscally, it's responsible to the taxpayers if we're able to save $2.1 million per year."

One scenario presented at the meeting would combine all students in grades 7-12 at one building instead of two.

Over 100 parents and students gathered in the auditorium, many shouting questions and accusations at the board.

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