Posted: Feb 5, 2013 8:35 PM by Zach Thaxton
Dozens of current Wasson High School students were joined by members of the school's PTA, community members, Occupy Colorado Springs, and alumni of the school in a large mobile protest of a recommendation to close Wasson at the end of this school year and send its 900 students to other District 11 high schools next year. "The impact this is going to have around the city is immense," said Rich 'Goose' Gossage, a 1970 Wasson alumnus, Hall-of-Fame Major League Baseball pitcher, and arguably Colorado Springs' most famous native son. "This not only affects Wasson. It's going to affect the whole city of Colorado Springs," Gossage said.
The School District 11 Board of Education is set to decide Wednesday night whether to shutter the school, which opened in 1959. Declining enrollment is a primary reason cited for recommending Wasson for closure. It has been recommended that the district's existing buildings would be better utilized if Wasson's students were scattered among the other high schools, thereby increasing their enrollment numbers, and then repurposing the Wasson building. Gossage worries that spreading those 900 students throughout the rest of the district will be detrimental not only to the students themselves, but also the teachers and students at the district's other schools, which would then be more crowded. "They say attendance is down (at Wasson). Well, who is going to send their kid to a school with this dark cloud hanging over it, that it's not going to be here in another year," Gossage said.