D-11 School Board Meeting. Photo: Liz Ruskin.

D-11 School Board Meeting. Photo: Liz Ruskin.

Wasson High School and two Colorado Springs elementary schools will close at the end of the school year. The District 11 Board of Education voted last night to shut down the three schools for the sake of improved efficiency. KRCC’s Liz Ruskin reports.

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

One board member said if it were a decision made on emotion, the outcome would have been different. Anger, acrimony, defensiveness and sorrow were on full display. Wasson parents and several teachers accused the board of not caring about the disruption to students, but board director Sandra Mann says she and her colleagues have to be financially responsible and to look at the whole district, not just one school.

“And we want to do what’s best for students and what’s best for the 80 percent of the taxpayers in District 11 who don’t have kids in this school who have to fund these schools every day.”

The vote was 6-1. Board member Bob Null spoke against the school closures for about half an hour, to loud applause from the audience. After the vote, Wasson supporters streamed out of the room, a few in tears. The closure of Wasson is projected to save the district nearly $1.2 million a year. With all the emotion focused on the high school, the closure of Bates and Lincoln elementary schools was barely mentioned.

 

2 Responses to Wasson High School, Elementary Schools, to Close

  1. Dalene says:

    What is the plan for the building – football field/stadium, etc. Surely it is a complete plan – not just suddenly empty the building and grounds and leave them sit!!

    • Andrea Chalfin News Dir. says:

      Administrators are looking at consolidating alternative education programs at the Wasson facility.

News

iStockphoto
April 24, 2014 | NPR · Parents, cities and software companies have advocated or developed apps that block texts and calls when you’re driving. But an Apple patent for locking phone functions could make a big impact.
 

The New York Times
April 24, 2014 | NPR · The New York Times photojournalist happened to be nearby when Islamist militants launched an attack on shoppers inside an upscale Kenyan mall — he rushed inside and took photos as the event unfolded.
 

Getty Images
April 24, 2014 | NPR · Word about what the pope reportedly said when he called a woman in Argentina set off speculation that he wants to reverse church teachings. His spokesman says that’s reading too much into the story.
 

Arts & Life

Relativity Media
April 24, 2014 | NPR · ‘Brick Mansions,’ a completely inessential remake of the French film District B13, follows a war of good guys and gangsters up and down the walls of a hypothetical Detroit under siege.
 

The New York Times
April 24, 2014 | NPR · The New York Times photojournalist happened to be nearby when Islamist militants launched an attack on shoppers inside an upscale Kenyan mall — he rushed inside and took photos as the event unfolded.
 

April 24, 2014 | NPR · Debbie Allen won Fame for playing an iconic dance teacher in film and television. Now, she’s getting new fans for roles on shows like Grey’s Anatomy. She talks about the highs and lows of her career.
 

Music

KCRW
April 24, 2014 | KCRW · Kelis Rogers recently packed her 12-piece band onto the small stage at Santa Monica’s Apogee Studios for a raucous good time. Watch her perform “Friday Fish Fry” from her new album, Food.
 

Courtesy of the artist
April 24, 2014 | NPR · Neil Young has released a video that shows him recording his take on Scottish folk singer Bert Jansch’s “Needle Of Death.” The solo acoustic cut appears on Young’s new covers album, A Letter Home.
 

Q2 Music
April 24, 2014 | Q2 · Take a tour of the MacArthur genius’s home in Harlem, including a look at his Steinway, favorite books and percussion instruments from India.
 

Get the KRCC iPhone App

The Writer's Almanac

Radiolab