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'They ripped that from us': Parents share grief over Corridor closure

Less than three weeks ago students and parents were rallying to save their school, and tonight they're saying goodbye.

Posted: Jun 4, 2020 6:46 PM
Updated: Jun 4, 2020 9:32 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- Less than three weeks ago students and parents were rallying to save their school, and tonight they're saying goodbye.

"My heart sank -- it was like a hit to my gut," said parent Jenny Schuman.

The 4J school board voted to close down Corridor Elementary, a school of 142 with an emphasis on performing arts, in a 6-1 vote Wednesday. Board member Gordon Lafer was the only one to vote in favor of keeping the school.

RELATED: SCHOOL BOARD VOTES TO CLOSE CORRIDOR ELEMENTARY

Some parents said this school was their home.

"The focus is trying to keep him connected to some of his people and his community -- we don't know where yet," said Caitlin Alcorn.

Others said they feel betrayed.

"When you look at South Eugene and the programs that mirror that of Corridor, there are several," said Schuman. "North Eugene had Corridor, and they ripped that from us."

What's next for the 142 students is unclear, considering the lottery period to try and attend a school outside your neighborhood is closed.

Corridor was one of 6 elementary schools in Eugene where every family elected to send their kids there.

Outgoing Superintendent Gustavo Balderas said Corridor is so small that it's not a school in the board meeting held Wednesday.

"We are looking to move from 4J," said Schuman. "I do not want to pay taxes for a district that does not have my back."

The district made the decision to cut the program after budget shortfalls hit 4J hard.

Corridor is the second smallest school in the district and the average price per student is more than $7,000, which officials said is more than most other schools.

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