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Parents Upset Over Southwood Arts Academy Decision

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Anderson School District Five Trustees voted Tuesday to support a plan to keep the Southwood Academy contained to grades 6 through 8.

The vote upset many parents who feel they were misled by the elected officials and superintendent.

The superintendent Tom Wilson said he can't justify spending thousands more on students at the academy compared to the other high schools.

His plan allows high school students to spend part of their day at the academy for elective courses.

Parents claim a 2007 referendum to fund the academy spells out in clear language that the arts academy would be grades 6 through 12.

Some parents are now suing the school district. They also plan to run candidates against current school board members.

Other parents from other schools spoke during public comment supporting the superintendent's plan. They said the schools should not favor some students with arts concentrations over others.

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