Lincoln-Way HS District 210 will close 1 school in Frankfort

NEW LENOX (FOX 32 News) -- There was disappointment and tears Thursday night in Lincoln Way High School District 10 after officials decided which of the four schools to close.

The district includes two schools in New Lenox Township and two in Frankfurt: Lincoln-Way Central and Lincoln-Way West in New Lenox, and Lincoln-Way East and Lincoln-Way North in Frankfort.

Now, officials have decided to close Lincoln-Way North in Frankfort.

The school board voted 5-2 to close the school. 

According to a report, those who voted to close North and keep Central open said even though they do not want to close another school, there are too many uncertainties with the state's own budgetary woes. Should they be forced to close a second school, they need to have the two biggest schools open.

Ten years ago, the system had just two high schools and was considered a financially sound, top performing district. But officials say low enrollment caused by the 2008 recession, combined with low state funding, put the school district in a tough position. Now, the school board is trying to close a $5 million budget deficit.

Members decided last month the only way to trim the deficit was to close one of the four high schools.

Classes in the school district begin on Wednesday, August 18.

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