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      Buena Vista school leaders discuss consolidation options

      Leaders in the Buena Vista school district are preparing to make tough decisions to tackle a budget deficit. Superintendent Dr. Deborah Hunter-Harvill hosted a public meeting Monday night to discuss consolidation options.

      The first plan involves closing Henry Doerr Elementary and putting pre-k through 8th grade students in one building. Other options are closing just the middle school, just the high school or closing the administration building. Some parents expressed concerns about housing younger students with high school students.

      Harvill says the goal is to reconfigure schools and reinvent programs to improve the quality of education.

      â??Just trying to keep a window open, transparent kind of a way to let the community know what's going on. I believe it's time to make some decisions because may us around the corner,â?? Harvill said.

      The district is facing a budget deficit of more than $1 million.

      Board members are expected to vote during their meeting on Wednesday. Changes will take effect for the 2014-2015 school year.