Reporter: Heather Rosenbaum | Videographer: Jonathan Merryman
Danville, VA - The City Council voted to appropriate the $2.1 million loan to the school board Wednesday night. It's a big sigh of relief for Danville school officials because the loan means that Gibson Middle School will stay open.
The school board will repay council with a reduction from their funding over the next four years. It was a compromise that most everyone on council could agree on.
"Hopefully at the end of the day it is the best thing for the staff and our school system. It's the best thing most importantly for our students," said Adam Tomer, a council member.
Principal of Gibson Kenneth Lewis was at the meeting. He says this is a victory for the school and he can't wait to tell students that their school will be open next year.
"When I tell them, reassure them, they feel good about it. Rejoicing because that is their school. That is their second home. So they feel good," said Lewis.