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DESOTO PARISH, LA (KSLA) -

DeSoto Parish School Board members voted 7-3 Thursday night to close the Pelican All Saints High School.

The exact date of the school's closure is unknown. But the board's action this spring allows time for the Justice Department to review the issue.

If it allows the closure, the district will have time to make arrangements to send Pelican's students to other parish schools in time for the new school year. The school is located in the southern part of DeSoto Parish.

The school board has told residents that the district's budget is the issue: It is more than $12 million in debt going into next school year.

Before the vote, parents and community members were able to give comments regarding the recommendation to close Pelican All Saints High School.

"I am not sending my daughter to Mansfield High School," says Parent Michelle Page.

"Our kids don't deserve this. Pelican has always done great things with less than other schools in the Parish and continue to do great things, but for some reason this board did not see it that way tonight," says District 5 Board member Steavy Clark. 

According to research presented by the board, DPSB is spending $1,303 more per student at Pelican than the district average.

The vote comes as Pelican celebrates its second straight basketball state championship.

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