For the most part the vote last night by school board members to keep Fisher and Southampton Elementary schools open was a formality. The school board had already announced it’s intent to ignore the recommendations of the consultant-led group that had studied rezoning in the city for almost all of a year. Although this is good news for parents with children currently enrolled in the those schools it doesn’t address the issue of low attendance.
RTD quotes Kristen Larson who was at the meeting;
Kristen Larson, one of five candidates for the School Board seat in the 4th District, which includes Fisher and Southampton, cautioned the board to give more thought to the Fisher neighborhood.
“If the school is a magnet (school), where is the plan?” she asked.
She also asked the board and the school administration to figure out why the school attracted such a low percentage of neighborhood students, then to do something about it.
Last night the School Board voted to keep both Fisher and Southampton Elementary Schools open. With only 23% of Fisher’s students coming from its neighborhood zone, the school needs to look at ways to make Fisher a school of choice for its area.
I applaud this decision and happy I was able to voice my support in favor of keeping these schools open.