Denver school board votes to close STRIVE Prep


Denver Public Schools’ Board of Education voted Thursday to close STRIVE PREP- Kepner, a charter school in southwest Denver, at the end of the academic year.

Superintendent Alex Marrero recommended closing the middle school because of low test scores, with a memo noting that STRIVE PREP- Kepner also has a “high financial risk.”

STRIVE PREP — Kepner opened during the 2016-17 school year and had 209 students during the 2021-22 academic year.

The board voted 6-1 to not renew the school’s contract. Auon’tai Anderson, whose term ends later this year and who is running for re-election, was the only director to vote against the superintendent’s recommendation.

Ahead of the vote, Anderson said he did not “disagree” with the district’s findings that the school is under- performing, but he did not believe there was adequate community engagement around the decision.

“I just can not endorse the process of school closure,” he said, adding that this is the first time in about a decade that DPS has not renewed a charter school’s contract.


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