Two eastern Iowa elementary schools closing

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) -- Low enrollment is forcing two elementary schools in eastern Iowa to close their doors.

Declining enrollment may force the Highland School District to close the elementary school in Ainsworth, Iowa. (Rebecca Varilek/KCRG-TV9)

On Monday night, the Highland school district decided on a second vote to close Ainsworth elementary. The district had projected lower enrollment in the coming years and said the school needed $50,000 worth of upgrades.

About 70 students attend that school right now. They will go to Riverside Elementary School, starting next year.

Also Monday night, Western Dubuque schools voted to close Bernard Elementary School. The district said declining enrollment made it too expensive to keep the school open.

The school has 31 students right now. Students there will go to Cascade Elementary School, starting next year.