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Parents rally to save elementary school in Scranton

The fate of a Bancroft Elementary School in Scranton is still up in the air.

SCRANTON, Pa. — The Scranton School Board met Monday night and closing George Bancroft Elementary School was once again on the agenda.

That school on Albright Avenue is closed. It has ventilation problems, and it needs other repairs. Its students have been transferred to Tripp Elementary a few miles away.

Before Monday night's meeting, another "Save our school" rally was held. A couple dozen parents, teachers, and students, begging the board to fix Bancroft and keep it open.

Inside the meeting, a third-grader asked the board to do what she thinks is the right thing.

"Kids like me are fighting, why close our school.  There are more schools that need more repairs than ours.  Why this school?  Thank you," said Haley Passero.

An early study shows it will cost at least $2 million to fix Bancroft, and the district is already having money problems.

In the end, as one school director put it, they kicked the can down the road again and voted to wait until another study of district facilities is complete.

They are racing the clock here.

At the school board meeting Monday night, directors said they hope to have all students back in buildings five days a week, starting in September.

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