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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)-- The Superintendent of the St. Louis Public School District said a recommendation on the future of Mann and Shenandoah Elementary Schools could be made during next month`s board meeting.

Dr. Kelvin Adams made that announcement during a community forum on Wednesday.  A district-wide study a number of years ago recommended that Mann be closed as part of a cost saving measure.  The plan also recommended that Shenandoah Elementar be renovated and expanded or knocked down and replaced with a more energy efficient building.

Adams said Mann Elementary is one of 3 schools in the district without central air conditioning.  District leaders say the building is not energy efficient and would be a challenge to renovate in order to accommodate 21st century learning.

The alderman representing the area where the school is located disagrees.

"It`s more cost effective for them to invest in the existing schools than to implode a school and rebuild a new one," said Alderman Jennifer Florida, (D) 15th Ward.

Florida was in attendance Wednesday as parents and community leaders wrote down their recommendations.  Adams said he would read those recommendations before making his recommendation known.

One more community meeting will be held at Shenandoah Elementary on Saturday, November 9th at 1pm.