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Four elementary schools set to close next year to help $10M deficit

REDWOOD CITY (KRON) - A Peninsula school district has announced the closure of four elementary schools next year to help deal with a $10-million deficit.

Parents of Hawes Elementary School kids are upset that the school is closing next year.

Hawes, Orion, Fair Oaks, and Adelante Elementary Schools are closing next year as the district battles with deficits.

The kids will be merged into other schools.

A few years ago, a girl graduated from Hawes Elementary says she is upset her sister won't have the close by neighborhood school experience she had.

Redwood City School District concluded with declining enrollment that they cannot sustain 16 schools with 7,500 students.

The school district says they have lost close to 2,000 students in six years due to families moving out of the Bay Area due to the high cost of living and three charter schools that operate within their attendance zone.

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