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PORTLAND -- Parents, students and educators concerned about a proposed restructuring of the Jefferson School Cluster met Saturday to talk about the future of their schools.

According to officials, there are two main options: One would strengthen and expand the kindergarten through 8th grade schools. The other offers a middle school and K-8 blend.

Another part of the discussion were the cluster's transfer policies, and school closures.

Superintendent Carole Smith told the group their input was important.

Some, however, were skeptical.

How do we really know that being here is going to be input. What are we going to see that shows us that input was really taken and what we said is valuable, said grandparent Dee Simons.

Superintendent Smith said the comments will be taken back to the school board on Monday.

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