The Halifax Regional School Board came to a split decision on Wednesday night about putting a cluster of schools up for review.

The school board said declining enrollment has made it necessary to look at the number of schools that are open.

At the mid-week meeting members voted to put Joseph Howe Elementary and the Terence Bay site of Atlantic Memorial Elementary up for review.

The board wants to close the weather-battered school in need of repairs and bus Terence Bay students to a school in Shad Bay.

But members cast a tie vote on the fate of St. Joseph’s Alexander McKay Elementary. The five- five split vote means the school won't be reviewed for closing for at least a year.

Melinda Daye, the African Nova Scotian representative on the school board, said she voted to spare all schools from review.

"I’m optimistic. I didn’t get exactly what this feisty lady wanted, but there is a process that says the school board can stop the process if it’s not going in the direction we would want it to go," she said.

A school in Waverley that was originally part of the review debate was removed from the vote for procedural reasons.

Other boards held votes on their schools as well.

The South Shore Regional School Board has decided to close four schools, including the elementary schools in Petite Riviere and Pentz, Mill Village Consolidated and Gold River Western Shore Elementary.

The Chignecto-Central Regional School Board is reviewing 12 schools. It's looking to merge some of those schools in the face of declining enrollment and budget cuts.