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Board Votes To Close School Near Gas Pipeline

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(Sacramento, CA)
Friday, November 19, 2010

Officials at the Twin Rivers Unified School District voted 5-2 Thursday night to abandon Harmon Johnson Elementary School. Students will be sent three-quarters-of-a-mile away to another campus.

Twin Rivers spokeswoman Trinette Marquis says moving students in the middle of the school year won't be easy.

"Definitely an unexpected cost in an already difficult budget climate but there is absolutely no other choice. We have to protect the staff and the students."

But Nicole Liebelt with Pacific Gas and Electric Company says there is no safety risk.

"We've performed several inspections recently on the gas transmission facilities near the school. No problems were found."

District officials say the school will move to a nearby campus during the winter break.

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