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Merrill school board votes against moving 5th graders to middle school

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Crowds pack the Merrill School Board meeting for a talk on the future of Pine River Elementary, May 9 2012
Crowds pack the Merrill School Board meeting for a talk on the future of Pine River Elementary, May 9 2012

MERRILL, Wis. (WSAU) - Merrill's fifth graders will be staying in the elementary schools for now.

School board members voted down a measure last night that would have moved the district's 5th graders from the two elementary schools to the middle school. The vote came 4 to 5 in the middle of a long night of school board business.

Community members had been concerned that putting 5th graders at Prairie River would not be conducive to learning nor would it be a good fit for the students.

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