More Changes Announced For D-60 Realignment Plan


The Pueblo City Schools Board of Education voted in a special session to close one of their elementary schools a year sooner. The closure comes as part of the district-wide middle school realignment plan.

Spann Elementary will now close by June 30 of this year instead of June 30, 2013.

Here is what district officials said about the closure in a press release:

On Jan. 12 the Board took action to close Spann Elementary by June 30 of 2013, depending upon the continuation of funding from the Tiered Intervention Grant (TIG) or federal turnaround grant the district was awarded for Spann. Given that the Board took action which would have ultimately closed Spann by June 30, 2013, the Colorado Department of Education has withdrawn funding for Spann for the next school year (2012-13). The Board today, in order to more effectively uses resources and in anticipation of additional budget cuts for next year, voted to close Spann Elementary School by June 30, 2012.

Assignment of Spann students to neighboring schools for the 2012-13 school year will soon be provided to Spann parents.

The board also revisited the Middle School Realignment plan originally presented in late November. The Board hear from district middle school staff and proposed the following changes in order to improve student achievement, offer additional choices for students, and make more effective use of resources:

Pitts – visual and performing arts and Advanced Placement (AP) focus

Roncalli – traditional middle school structure with a technology emphasis

Heaton – traditional middle school structure with focus on Academics, Arts and Athletics

Risley – will become part of an education design on the east side that will offer a pre-k – 12 International Baccalaureate (IB) focus.

(On Jan. 12 the Board voted to incorporate Somerlid Elementary into the Freed Middle School building next year and then create a pre-k – 8 school at Freed beginning fall 2013.)

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  • by Parent Location: Pueblo on Feb 10, 2012 at 09:51 AM
    Does this mean another mass exodus to the already overcrowded classrooms of Pueblo West?
  • by RCB on Feb 9, 2012 at 08:28 PM
    District 60 closed Somerlid and are sending the students to Freed which is rated by School as the 4th worst school in the state. Now they are going to close Spann and send those kids to Risley which is ranked as the worst school in the state. The people making these changes have no idea what they are doing.
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      by Resident on Feb 10, 2012 at 09:47 AM in reply to RCB
      Agree completely. Placing "good" students into poorly performing schools has NEVER improved the failing school. Not locally, anyway. It only serves to bring down the victims of such moves (aka our kids and their academic future).
  • by Dad Location: Pueblo on Feb 9, 2012 at 07:25 PM
    Well, I guess it is time for the McClelland School! Public Schools waste money, yet keep asking for more. The answer is creativity and hard work.
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