Parents, teachers fight to save Brevard schools from closure

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BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. - Parents and teachers will be in court Wednesday fighting a second time for an injunction to prevent the school district from closing three schools.

The Brevard County School Board said it can save millions of dollars by closing Clearlake Middle School and Gardendale and South Lake Elementary schools. But that decision has been heavily debated.

"It's just been emotionally draining. It's been time-consuming. It's kind of taken over our lives, I feel like at times," said parent Michelle Speisman.

Parents, teachers and community leaders have been fighting the closures, saying there are other places the district can cut money.

First, there were rallies, and then the county and city of Titusville asked for a temporary injunction to keep those schools from closing, at least for now.

Last month, the judge heard from the board's Capital Outlay Committee about why they think it's necessary. The judge denied that injunction.

"Once you disconnect a community from its school, you've done something that I don't know that you can very easily fix later," said Vossv Richard Smith of Brevard Federation of Teachers.

Last week, some people had hoped the schools could stay open because the district is getting an extra $22 million from the state.

But the school board said that money is earmarked for certain things, like raises for teachers, dual enrollment and teaching materials.