Thu., September 3, 2009 3:21am (EDT)

Schools in Augusta Streamline
By Mary Ellen Cheatham
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Updated: 5 years ago

AUGUSTA, Ga.  —  
Keona Tucker teachers third graders at Lamar-Milledge Elementary School in Augusta. Milledge merged with another school this year.  (Photo by Mary Ellen Cheatham)
Keona Tucker teachers third graders at Lamar-Milledge Elementary School in Augusta. Milledge merged with another school this year. (Photo by Mary Ellen Cheatham)
In Augusta, the Richmond County school system has lost about a tenth of its students in the last decade, according to state records.

That left empty seats in some schools and overcrowded classrooms in other.

Since the school board must pay for power bills, personnel and other operational costs, its members decided to streamline those schools to save money.

They're shifting students to other schools, closing some schools and using others for different purposes.