Thomson Middle School closing next year

THOMSON, Ga. -- The McDuffie County Board of Education voted Thursday night to close Thomson Middle School and consolidate schools in an effort to help the budget situation.

Thomson Middle currently houses sixth- and seventh-graders. Next year, pupils in those grades will attend school in the new Thomson-McDuffie Junior High School building on White Oak Road.

Thomson-McDuffie Junior High currently serves eighth and ninth grades. The eighth-grade students will remain there next year, but the ninth graders will attend Thomson High School.

Most of the faculty will be transferred and not affected by the consolidation. The move is projected to save at least $250,000.

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