The School Board voted unanimously last night to close the school effective at the end of this school year.
Superintendent Gloria Davis said the move was a tough one to make, but one that will overall benefit the district.
“The closing of Brush College was a very difficult decision to make. We have been talking about it for many, many months. We do understand that students and parents become attached to their school, and we do not take that lightly, but we think this is the best move for the students and the district.”
The students and faculty who currently teach and attend Brush College will be moving into Hope Academy as well as Harris Elementary.
With the closure, the district stands to save over $450,000 next year.
For the second time in a week the DPS-61 Board got presented with the proposed budget cuts for the 2013-2014 school year, although round number two came with a bit of good news.
Deputy Superintendent Lisa Mann says the changes to the budget proposal were minimal, the number is still at $7.3 million, but they are projecting good news from the state.
“It’s still roughly 7.3 million which we think is a strong number because we originally projected 80% state funding and we think that will now be closer to 83%, so we think we should come out alright if this is all approved by the board.”
Mann said she did not anticipate any large changes between today and the next board meeting on March 12th when the Board will vote on the proposal.
Now that the closure of Brush College Elementary has been made official; the Building Utilization Committee will be moving onto some other projects, and they are seeking your input.
Superintendent Gloria Davis says the discussion will be tailored around updating the elementary school programs.
“That includes having thematic concepts at all the elementary schools, getting a second Montessori school, having a STEM school, and really pushing new and fresh thematic concepts within our elementary schools.
The meeting is set to be held tomorrow night at 6:30 at Enterprise Elementary School.