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Votes Are In: Some Schools to Close, Others Saved

By: KKTV
By: KKTV

Some very tough decisions now made. Months of deliberation have come down to several changes for Pueblo City Schools.

District 60’s school board voted to make some changes for the district. A vote teachers, students and parents have been waiting months for.

The board took action on several components of the proposed School Realignment Project. Some schools were closed, others saved, and some re-purposed. A topic that has been heated in Pueblo for several months. Public hearings were held where many parents, students, and teachers begged for the district to keep their doors open or keep their school the way it was.

Here are the big decisions made:

>>>.Schools to Close:

· >>Close Spann Elementary School August 2012

>Students will be spread out to nearby schools

>>Close Hellbeck Elementary School August 2012

>Students will be spread out to nearby schools

>>Close Somerlid Elementary building August 2012-Somerlid
students and staff will move to Freed Middle School building
August 2012

>Freed and Somerlid will serve as separate schools under
same roof for one year

> Freed Middle School (as a school) will end August 2013

>Somerlid will turn into a PreK-eighth grade format using
Freed buildling

>>>Schools Saved:

>>Carlile Elementary will stay open

>>Beulah Heights Elementary to stay open

>>Bradford Elementary to stay open for now
(because Spann was closed)

>Could be turned into PreK-first grade school

>>>Add 6th Graders To Elementary Schools

>>Nine Elementary Schools will retain sixth grade students beginning August 2012

>Irving,Morton, Columbian,Minnequa, Heritage, Baca, Haaf, Sunset Park, and Highland Park Elementary Schools

>>>Others Actions:

>>Repurposed Bessemer Academy to create a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) magnet school

>With the clause that they will keep the school’s original students.

>>Risley seventh and eighth grade students will not relocate to East High School

The Board still needs to vote on options that could turn a number of middle schools in the district into specialty schools, such as Advanced Placement programming or Performing Arts.

They are gathering more information and will discuss it at a work session in February. The superintendent will do additional research and find options for Risley, Pitts, Roncalli, and Heaton and at a later date also discuss expanded capacity for Bradford Elementary as a possible PreK-first grade school.

It was also discussed that the board may consider closing some middle schools. For each one they close, it will save the district $750,000. They will gather information about the possibility, but say before any decision will be made public hearings would be held.

The decisions made by the board will save the district approximately one million dollars. The board says that change is necessary in the district in order to save money and to improve student achievement and declining enrollment.

All changes made would be implemented into the district gradually over the next two years.


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