School officials in Virginia's Loudoun County are considering closing four small schools in the western part of the county.
The Loudoun County School Board is thinking about closing Lincoln, Hamilton, Hillsboro and Aldie elementary schools to help close a budget gap.
Board Chairman Eric Hornberger says closing the four schools could save an estimated $2 million a year in operating costs, and some board members say spending money to maintain older schools with tiny enrollments doesn't make sense. But not everyone agrees that it's a good idea. Supporters of keeping the schools say they've been centers in their communities for generations.
The board will hold a public hearing on April 21.