More than 250 gathered in the district’s junior high auditorium for the open public hearing – nearly 30 people expressed their displeasure with the idea of closing Wright and Washington-Jefferson Elementary Schools.
A lot of the discussion focused on boundary letters, bussing and adequately serving those with special needs. Virginia Hand addressed the board and urged them to slow the process down. Hand says students with individualized education plans won’t have adequate time to adjust.
An architect hired by the board says more than a 1,000 students would be moved or relocated. A preliminary report shows the district will save more than $11-million over the next five years and re-balance its classroom sizes in the process.