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13 schools could close with APS redistricting

13 schools could close with APS redistricting

ATLANTA -- School Superintendent Erroll Davis is giving his recommendation for redistricting for the coming school year.  He is recommending the district go to a "cluster" system and close 13 schools. Davis cites lower than expected enrollment across the board and says the district must operate more efficiently.

In the report, Davis said: "Although APS traditional schools serve 47,000 students, we have seats for 60,000 students. Heating, cooling and lighting 13,000 empty seats is expensive."

Davis will present his proposal to the school board Monday. The board votes on a final redistricting plan April 10. To read the plan in its entirety, visit the APS website.

The 13 schools slated for closure are:

Tornadoes hit Haralson, Paulding, Cobb counties

ATLANTA (WXIA) -- National Weather Service officials said preliminary investigations of storm damage indicate an EF-3 tornado touched down in Paulding and Haralson counties, and an EF-1 touched down in Cobb County Friday night.

STORM PHOTOS | The aftermath 

In Haralson County, the twister touched down along Bethlehem Church Road, where a repair shop was destroyed and trees knocked down. Also on Bethlehem Church Road, a mobile home was pushed off of its foundation. A church steeple was blown off on Mount Zion East Road, and along U.S. 27 near Harpers Creek Road, numerous trees and telephone poles were knocked down.

Fewer Georgians voting early

Fewer Georgians voting early

ATLANTA -- Fewer voters cast early ballots for Georgia's upcoming presidential primary than in 2008.

Secretary of State Brian Kemp's office said 172,135 people had voted in the presidential primary by Friday. That includes 145,826 people who voted at polling stations and another 26,309 who mailed in absentee ballots.

Early voting sites have now closed, although residents can continue to mail in absentee ballots until the close of polls on Tuesday.

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Early voting turnout is down about 31 percent from 2008. Those early ballots will not be counted until Tuesday, making it impossible to say which Republican presidential candidate has a lead among early voters.

High School teams take viewers on Road Trips

ATLANTA -- Each week on HighSchoolSports.Net viewers were treated to a feature that allowed them to travel along with our area teams.  It's called "Road Trip."

With the metro Atlanta area becoming a big target for college recruiters, the profile of high school basketball teams has grown.  Many of the area's top teams are invited to play in some of the top national high school tournaments and showcases.

These trips allow the players to compete against some of the nation's top talent, but also allows them to bond as a team while visiting parts of the country they might not get to visit otherwise.

We asked some of the teams to take pictures while on these special trips and bring them back for our weekly "Road Trip" segment.  This is what they brought back.

The Ken Ford Foundation in Partnership with Georgia Public Broadcasting host FREE Workshop Friday!

The Ken Ford Foundation in Partnership with Georgia Public Broadcasting host FREE Workshop Friday!

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Tornado Threat Increasing Across the Western Sections of the State

Tornado Threat Increasing Across the Western Sections of the State

The dynamics in the atmosphere are starting to get a bit more organized in the western sections of the state where the potential for tornadoes is beginning to increase. The timing on the storms will be 8-9pm in the western sections of the state, and around 11-1 in the metro Atlanta area. The main threat for metro Atlanta will be damaging winds, possibly an isolated tornado as well.

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