The Volusia County (Fla.) School Board will close seven schools over three years in an attempt to avert a budget crisis. Board members say they have no choice because they are being "held hostage" by a lack of state funding. The district will close Bonner Elementary, Boston Avenue, Samsula Elementary and Seville Public at the end of the year. Burns-Oak Hill will close in 2009-10, followed by Starke Elementary in 2010-11 and Holly Hill Middle in 2011-12.
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FROM FEBRUARY 2008: The Volusia County (Fla.) district is considering a plan to close seven schools because of budgetary concerns. Schools that could be shut by the start of next school year: Boston Avenue, Bonner Elementary, Samsula Elementary, and Seville Public Elementary. Future closings could include Burns-Oak Hill Elementary in 2009, Starke Elementary in 2010 and Holly Hill Middle School in 2011. (Orlando Sentinel)