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Stakeholders in Pueblo East High School want more time to avoid closure

Posted at 11:09 AM, Feb 14, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-14 13:09:16-05

PUEBLO – The fight continues to keep all four of Pueblo District 60’s high schools open. Community members came together Wednesday night at Pueblo East High School as stakeholders presented an update on what’s going on.

Officials from District 60 are considering closing Pueblo East High School as part of their plan to rein in finances. The campus needs about $102 million in repairs.

Teacher Tony Valdez told News5, “I know some of our concerns here as the East community is we feel like we need more time. You know we feel like the timeline is very, very short for a decision of this magnitude.”

We’re told stakeholders still don’t have a clear direction moving forward if a bond is passed to fund the repairs, how big the bond will be, and what will be done with that money. Right now it is still a concept, not a concrete plan.

The District says in a statement it is having “very rich and positive dialogue” with stakeholder groups as it continues to develop a master plan. Officials also say they are working to be as transparent as possible, and encourage the public to visit the district’s website for up-to-date information.

We are having very rich and positive dialogue with our stakeholder groups as we continue to work towards the development of a facilities master plan for our school district. This is very challenging and important work that we are engaging in, and we are encouraged by the progress we continue to make together.

The district is working hard to be as transparent as possible throughout this process. We know the amount of the information is overwhelming, but we encourage the public to visit our website to review all documents that have been shared with our stakeholder groups. Questions from the public may be submitted by emailing us at