Education

Dec 8, 2011 12:13 AM by John Romero

Big changes could come to D-60

Pueblo parents are up in arms over proposed school closures and re-alignments. For months, District 60 has been mulling over various plans to up academic achievement while dramatically cutting their budget. "Half of our 36 district schools are impacted." explains D-60 Spokesman Greg Sinn, "That's a full range of elementary, middle and high school."

This week the state education dept. put D-60 on "turnaround" status, the lowest academic achievement category the state hands out. Now the district is considering nearly all possibilities. "Creating theme middle schools, creating pk-12 schools, creating 7-12 IB schools." explains Sinn.

On Tuesday the D-60 school board help an open forum with parents to get their input. Parents were not happy. "I just wanted to come here and plead for our children's sake, keep these schools open, Please." asked one mom.

A big part of that could mean the closing of several elementary schools. That move would move kids around and potentially cut more school jobs." They've got to make some tough choices." says Sinn.

The board says nearly all options are still on the table. Nearly every parent we heard from tonight echoed this woman's sentiments. "You guys (the school board) are here to, like a parent said, represent no child left behind." she said, "But you don't realize that with you closing the elementary schools you are leaving every child behind."

The board did dismiss a proposal to move 5th graders into middle schools. District 60 tells us they could be making a decision on realignment and possible school closings within the next month.

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