Baltimore school board votes to close five schools

The Baltimore school board voted Tuesday to close five schools, adding to the dozens that have been shuttered in the district over the past decade.

The district will close Gilmor Elementary, Monarch Academy, Northwood Appold Community Academy, and Roots and Branches at the end of this school year, and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary/Middle at the end of the following year. The board previously voted to close Banneker Blake Academy at the end of this school year.

The vote on the latest round of closures comes as the district grapples with how to handle a shrinking student population and many low-performing schools. Officials consider a school’s climate, test scores, enrollment and building condition in making their recommendations.


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