Posted: Nov 9, 2011 9:58 PM by John Romero
Updated: Nov 10, 2011 6:16 AM
Tonight Centennial High School in Pueblo had a packed house as the D-60 school board heard from parents and teachers on possible school closures.
This was the first of two meetings with parents to discuss possible school closings in District 60. Before the meeting even started there were around 30 parents and students protesting school closures outside Centennial High School.
Five elementary schools including Somerlid, Spann, Hellbeck, Carlile and Bradford could be on the chopping block due to budget cuts. Parents we spoke to say when they heard the news, they were shocked. "I was devastated. We've been part of the Somerlid family for a lot of years." said Somerlid parent Paula Collins, "It's an awesome school with a wonderful staff and wonderful programs. I think it's a shame that the district wants to close schools when there's so many other options as far as saving money goes."
Last month a committee released their findings to the school board. Parents say not all of the findings were true. Somerlid PTA President Liz Vigil told us the numbers on their enrollment were wrong. "They're saying that Somerlid's enrollment is down, which it is not. We are busting at the seams." she said.
Others like Spann parent Aaron Ralya say it's not a matter of enrollment or building space. They just believe in their school. "All of the teachers are really good and it's a really good school. I wish they wouldn't close it" he said as he picked up his daughter from school.
Again, it's important to note that this is the 1st of 2 meetings. The 2nd meeting for community members to give their thoughts on possible school closures will be December 7th at 6pm at South High School.