Denver Public Schools shrinks recommended list of school closures to five


Denver Public Schools on Thursday partially reversed its proposal to close 10 schools by removing five of them from its recommended list.

The district’s Board of Education is expected to vote on the school closure plan on Nov. 17, but the proposal has drawn scrutiny from parents, community leaders and several school board directors because of lack of community input. All but one of the 10 schools initially recommended for closure enrolled a higher percentage of students of color than the district overall.

The schools that the district is no longer recommending for closure are:

  • Columbian Elementary
  • Palmer Elementary
  • Colfax Elementary
  • Whittier K-8
  • Eagleton Elementary

The schools the district is still recommending for closure are:

  • Denver Discovery School
  • Schmitt Elementary
  • Fairview Elementary
  • International Academy of Denver at Harrington
  • Mathematics and Science Leadership Academy

DPS, the state’s largest district, announced its decision Thursday evening just after neighboring Jeffco Public Schools’ Board of Education voted to close 16 schools in Denver’s suburbs. Both districts are facing declining enrollment, which they say is because of falling birth rates and shifting populations.

Board Vice President Auon’tai Anderson said Thursday evening that he still does not support the district’s plan.

“I’ll be candid, the votes weren’t there to close schools and I will not vote to close these (five),” he tweeted. “The process is flawed regardless of how many…”


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