Cannon Beach Elementary faces closure

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CANNON BEACH, Ore. — The Seaside School District has proposed closing Cannon Beach Elementary because of a $1.5 million budget shortfall.

The Cannon Beach Gazette reports that it costs $8,900 per child to educate Cannon Beach's 80 students. That's almost $3,000 more than it costs to educate students at the district's other two elementary schools, in Gearhart and Seaside.

If the district board approves Superintendent Doug Dougherty's proposal, the teachers at Cannon Beach won't lose their jobs because they have more seniority than others in the district. They would transfer to Seaside Heights Elementary with their students.

But parents and city leaders are still upset about the thought of losing their community school.

Jessica Brien, co-vice president of the school's Parent Teacher Organization, says nobody saw it coming and everyone is sad.