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ATLANTA -- Atlanta Public Schools Superintendent Erroll Davis reduced his recommendation for school closures from 13 to 10 schools in his final list released late Saturday.

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Two schools were added to his initial redistricting and school closing recommendation issued in early March: Towns Elementary School and D.H. Stanton Elementary School.

Public meetings at both schools will be held on Thursday, April 5th and Monday, April 9th at 6:30 p.m.

Five school were removed from his initial recommendation: Boyd Elementary School, Fain Elementary School, Humphries Elementary School, Thomasville Heights Elementary School and Coan Middle School.

For a look at the full list and an explanation, click here.

"We believe we have achieved a balance between fiscal responsibility and community sustainability, with student academic success remaining the top priority," Superintendent Davis wrote in his report, which is posted online.

The Superintendent's final recommendation will be submitted to the Atlanta Board of Education on April 10.

Davis said he compiled his report using information gathered during dozens of community meetings, many of them drawing angry parents and students.

"The superintendent reserves the right to modify the final recommendation if new compelling information and/or data are received before the April 10 board meeting," the report states.

The revised proposal reduced the number of schools with less than 450 students from 38 elementary and middle schools to 17.

Under the plan, APS will operate under a cluster model.

The plan will reduce the number of empty classroom seats by 5,500.

That still leaves about 7,500 empty seats, with 6,200 in the system's high schools. Davis said that issue will be addressed later.

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