FAYETTEVILLE, Ga. -- Like many other metro Atlanta area school systems, Fayette County's says it needs to close several schools.
Not too many years ago it was getting several hundred new students each year.
But now it's losing about 500 students annually, partly due to a sagging economy and partly to an aging population.
The system says it needs to close four of its 30 schools and eliminate about 250 jobs to save around $15 million in next year's budget.
Closing the four schools, without eliminating any jobs, would save about $3 million of the $15 million.
One of those schools could be Tyrone Elementary, which is sad news to parent Tamara Dixon who transferred her son there thanks to its good reputation.
"This was actually his first year here; he's a first grader," she told 11Alive News on Monday.
"So if it closes, we're going to be very sad about this," Dixon added.