State's oldest school will close, after judge's ruling

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by VANESSA VAN HYFTE / KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on September 1, 2010 at 8:00 AM

Updated Wednesday, Sep 1 at 3:14 PM

ARLINGTON, Wash. – The state's oldest elementary school will close after a judge on Wednesday denied a temporary injunction brought by parents.

Parents are suing the Arlington School District over the closure of Trafton Elementary School. They say they love the school, which was built in 1888, before Washington became a state. The school closed after the Arlington School District Board voted over the summer to shut it down.

Parents and students rallied in protest over the closure in June, but board members said their hands are tied and that it's a sign of the times. The district faces a $1.7 million budget shortfall and closing Trafton could save about $250,000. The school, which is a small five room building, also needs major repairs.

The parents say they weren't given due process and they claim the district isn't as cash-strapped as it reports. The parents plan to continue their lawsuit and hold more rallies.

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