26 January 2006

Denver Likely To Close Some Schools

Denver just closed four schools, but it is likely to close more in the near future. It has seventeen schools that are half empty or worse. It has 2 million square feet more space and 14,000 fewer students than neighboring Jefferson County's school district. It is also facing a $22 million budget deficit for the year due to a shift of students from traditional public schools to charter schools and elsewhere.

Byers School (formerly Denver School of the Arts on Pearl a little North of Alameda) is already sitting vacant, and Lincoln Elementary in West Washington Park, which has the lowest enrollment in the District, are both on likely to be on the chopping block.

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