Shrinking Schools

News about small schools and school closures in Colorado related to declining student enrollment.

One proposal would spell out rules and a timeline for closing schools due to declining enrollment. Another would cap elementary school enrollment at 600 students.
The proposed closure of Coal Creek K-8, however, will come with a search for a charter provider that may reopen the school in the community.
Declining enrollment is a persistent issue in Denver Public Schools — and more school closures could be coming.
A combined Rocky Mountain Prep charter school network will serve nearly 5,000 students. The transition has been marked by upheaval and leadership questions.
After closing 16 elementary schools due to declining enrollment, the Jeffco school board is turning its attention to secondary schools.
Sheridan union says higher salaries will help stem the turnover that’s driving families away.
The district’s top leader is retiring. Since Pat Sandos’ announcement, the school board is dealing with accusations of bribery, petitions to speed Sandos’ departure, and a delay in naming a replacement.
The Jeffco district expects to make recommendations for middle school and K-8 closures in August.
Middle school recommendations are expected in August, and will also consider schools at the end of the accountability clock.
Capping enrollment at popular elementary schools could bolster enrollment at smaller schools that have been losing students.
The 3-year-old charter school cited low enrollment and high costs as the reasons for the closure in a resolution passed by its board of directors.
Las escuelas Fairview Elementary, Math and Science Leadership Academy y Denver Discovery School cerrarán al final de este año escolar por tener una inscripción sumamente baja.
‘These are really tough decisions and none of us are taking them lightly,’ said board member Carrie Olson, who experienced a school closure when she was a teacher.
Fairview Elementary, Math and Science Leadership Academy, and Denver Discovery School could close at the end of this school year if the school board approves the recommendation.
“Clear communication with answers at meetings is going to be vital and imperative,” board member Carrie Olson said.
Superintendent Alex Marrero has named 15 schools with low enrollment, 3 of them ‘critical,’ as school closure conversations resume.
States like Colorado where kindergarten is voluntary account for a larger share of children missing from the data, a new analysis finds.
Denver Public Schools’ superintendent is recommending closing STRIVE Prep - Kepner middle school for low test scores. The school board is set to vote Jan. 12.
School board members were initially shocked at the price and will consider downsizing some projects in January or February.
The Aurora school board voted 4-3 this week to accept a transition plan. Rico Munn has led the district for more than 9 years.
“The reality is, at several points in the near future, we’re all going to have to make unpopular decisions,” Superintendent Alex Marrero said.
The Denver school board rejected a pared down recommendation to close just 2 schools. Members called for more community engagement even as budget questions loom.
“I really like my school and I want to keep it open because it’s like family to us,” one second grader told the Denver board, which is set to vote Thursday on recommended school closures.
El junta escolar tiene la última palabra. La junta tiene programado votar por la recomendación el 17 de noviembre. Se requiere mayoría de votos para aprobar la recomendación.
The 5 schools Superintendent Alex Marrero is prioritizing for closure are: Denver Discovery School, Schmitt Elementary, Fairview Elementary, IAD at Harrington, and MSLA.
Los líderes de los distritos de Denver, Jeffco y Aurora tuvieron en cuenta varios factores a la hora de decidir qué escuelas cerrar. Aquí veremos cómo cada distrito está manejando el cierre de escuelas.
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