JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4)- Jefferson County is considering a plan that could shut down ten elementary schools.
The plan calls for the closing of Campbell, Parr, Thomson, and Martensen Elementary Schools in Arvada, Kullerstrand Elementary in Wheat Ridge, Pleasant View Elementary in Golden, Zerger Elementary in Westminster, Red Rocks Elementary in Morrison, and Stober and Glennon Heights Elementary Schools in Lakewood.
“I’ve been a parent, my child went to this school. I’m a current para-professional for 14 years and I’m very concerned about my job for the future,” said Jefferson Co. Schools employee Dawn Schley.
Schley is among 190 teachers and administrators who may see their jobs disappear in a few years if Jefferson County Schools 5-year master plan is approved.
“We’ve been told to just hang loose and wait and see what happens,” said Schley.
Superindendent Cindy Stevenson said the decision to close or refurbish schools comes down to saving money without sacrificing education.
“When you have buildings that are not adequate for today’s expectations, you have to consider renovation, remodel, additions or replacement,” said Stevenson.
Another issue facing the future of elementary schools, which neighborhoods are growing or have outgrown their school.
“All the little kids in the neighborhood, my daughter, we all went there to school and I worked on the 50th anniversary, which was just a couple of years ago,” said Lakewood resident Wanda Carlson. “It is kind of emotional. This whole area is build around this school district and this school.”
There will be community meetings scheduled for public input on the proposed school closings. Next Thursday, Jan. 13, Jefferson County Schools’ website will feature a survey asking for public comment.