After several weeks of discussion, an Evergreen School District committee tasked with selecting two schools to shutter before the next school year came to a decision during a meeting Wednesday.
If the school district’s Board of Trustees approves the selections at its Feb. 13 board meeting, Laurelwood and Dove Hill Elementary schools will officially close after classes end this spring, according to district leaders.
A sharp decline in enrollment across the district’s 15 elementary schools is largely to blame for the closures, school officials say. They said the district has seen a dip in 4,000 students over the last decade and anticipates an additional loss of 443 students in the 2020-21 school year. More than 300 fewer students are anticipated the following year when a third school is slated for elimination.
The selection process for the third school closure has not begun yet.
The decision to close the schools was made official in October when the board voted 4-1 to move forward with the long-discussed plans. The closures are expected to help bridge a deficit that would otherwise leap from $5.6 million to $16.6 million by 2022.
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