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Under threat school talks staged
People at the meeting in Carno
Parents and school governors gathered at the meeting
More than 100 people have attended a meeting about the future of a closure-threatened Powys school.

Carno is one of six in the county facing the axe after a council review found that there were more than 4,000 surplus primary places.

But villagers told officials at Powys Council's final public consultation meeting to keep the school, which has 26 pupils, open.

The future of the six schools will be decided in September.

The earliest date for closures is expected to be in August 2008.

But parents from the schools affected have been demonstrating against the council's proposals.

Council review

Last month, up to 50 people protested to show their opposition to the plans.

They came after a council review found there were more than 4,000 surplus primary places in the county, with costs at smaller schools higher.

The review, which started in 2006, concluded that the schools - Howey Church in Wales Wells, Llangurig CP School, Llanfihangel Yng Ngwynfa Church in Wales School, Ysgol Gynradd Carno, Ysgol Efyrnwy and Ysgol Thomas Stephens, were not viable.

Plans to close a dozen Powys schools in 2003 were shelved after opposition.

Last month, David Jones, Powys Council's board member in charge of schools, said that funding per pupil in a small school was, at about 8,000 per head, 5,000 more than at an average school.

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