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Clifton Residents Considering Appeal After Circuit Court Ruling

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In Virginia, after a court ruling that didn't go their way, residents in Clifton are deciding whether to regroup or accept the Fairfax County School Board's decision to close the town's elementary school.

Fairfax Circuit Court Judge Dennis Smith ruled that Clifton residents were properly notified of the possibility of closure, and that the decision was not arbitrary and capricious, as the suit claimed. He did acknowledge however that Clifton would be negatively impacted by the closure.

Catherine Lorenze is with the Fairfax Education Coalition, and she says the decision sends a sad message to other small community schools in the county.

"We have over 20 small schools that have under 500 students in enrollment in affluent and non-affluent communities. Are they the next Clifton? They could be," says Lorenze.

School board vice chair Brad Center says he was pleased by the ruling.

"I don't look at it as a small versus large school perspective. What we're looking at is the entire school system, and what is the best solution we can for the entire school system," says Brad Center.

Clifton residents say they may appeal the court ruling.

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