Shrinking Schools

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

“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.
As Colorado districts prepare to vote on school closures, Chalkbeat answered some common questions.
The Denver school board will vote on Nov. 17. The Jeffco school board will vote on Nov. 10.
Superintendent Alex Marrero defends his list of 10 schools recommended for closure.
The Denver school board is set to vote on the school closure recommendations on Nov. 17.
The school, which serves 188 students, will close at the end of this school year.
A Chalkbeat analysis found that Denver schools opened at a rapid pace as enrollment climbed. Now school closures are looming.
These Jeffco parents have already been through a school closure. They have advice on how to help your child through the change. It starts with patience and an open ear.
By closing 16 elementary schools at the end of this school year, Jeffco hopes to offer better educational experiences at the remaining schools. The board votes in November.
The Jeffco school board will hear closure recommendations on Aug. 25 and vote in November.
Elementary enrollment data published by Jeffco shows how declining enrollment is impacting the district.
High housing costs and falling birth rates are driving down school enrollment in Denver’s historically Latino neighborhoods, making it harder to fill some bilingual classrooms.
The school board is expected to vote in November on the first round of closure recommendations.
Declining enrollment is one of Denver Public Schools’ most pressing issues. An annual report takes a deep dive into the numbers. Here’s what it says.
A majority of the Aurora school board voted to close two elementary schools just two months after voting to keep them open.
The committee’s purpose is a controversial one: to come up with criteria for closing or consolidating schools.
The Aurora administration had proposed closing Sable and Paris elementary schools as part of a long- term facilities plan to address shrinking enrollment in many parts of the district.
Fitzmorris Elementary in Arvada will close at the end of the current school year.
Denver Public Schools is spending $8 million of its federal coronavirus relief funds this year and next year to fill gaps in school budgets caused by lower student counts.
Aurora spent five years crafting a long-term approach to declining enrollment. Parents still feel blindsided by school closure recommendations.
Colorado student enrollment is slightly up, but still not recovered to pre-pandemic levels.
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