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WEBSTER COUNTY -

The Webster County Board of Education held the first of its public hearings on Monday at Diana Elementary School to hear what the public thinks about possible changes coming to Webster County schools.

The proposed changes would close both Diana Elementary and Glade Middle School.

This would transfer the preschool to 6th grade students from Diana Elementary to Webster Springs Elementary School.

The 7th and 8th grade students from Diana Elementary, Glade Middle School, and Webster Springs Elementary School would be transferred to Webster County High School.

Teachers, students, and parents were at the meeting to voice their opinions, and one mother said she won't send any of her kids to different schools.

"These children, some of them, are way too small to even contend with the bigger and older children at the high school. A lot of parents here said that if the school gets closed they will be homeschooling their children, and I will most definitely be homeschooling my children. It's a safety concern, and an education concern," said Debra Davis, whose children attend Diana Elementary School and Webster County High School.

Hearings will be held the rest of the week at the other schools affected. They are April 10 at Webster Springs starting at 6 p.m.; April 11 at Webster County High School starting at 6 p.m.; and April 12 at Glade Middle School, with meetings at 6 p.m. and 7 p.m.

The Board of Education said it will vote on the proposed changes next Tuesday, April 16.