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On March 10, Wilson tried to spare the middle school, as well as ACE, from the superintendent's ax. Hill loudly attacked Covington, expressing "utter disdain" and alleging that the plan didn't account for student achievement. Simmons accused him of trying to do "too much at once." Still, Wilson, Hill and Simmons were one vote short of defeating the plan.
At the auditorium that night, ACE parents and students roared their dissatisfaction with the board's vote. Simmons tried to calm the crowd.
"What happened today is what happened today," she said.
The vote on April 6 will determine what happens next.