Feb 16, 2010 6:57 PM by David Ortiviz

D 70 may move top-ranked school

A big crowd is expected at Tuesday night's school board meeting at Pueblo County High School. Board members will consider the first round of cuts aimed at trimming $5 million from the District 70 budget.

That includes moving one school and possibly closing others. One idea D-70 is considering is to move the top ranked Pueblo Technical Academy, an engineering high school for the best and the brightest.

"The kids just have success with it and to see that success go down the tubes would be wrong," said John Musso, a teacher at Pueblo Technical Academy.

So, the staff developed a plan to benefit the district and students. Their suggestion is to move the academy into a vacant section of Pueblo County High School.

This will give the academy students access to more elective classes such as music and art.  Pueblo County High School students would be able to take new upper level science classes. "After being immersed in all this move and seeing how we can benefit county kids and county kids can benefit from us, and we're reaching more kids--I think it's a good move," said Musso.

For D-70 the consolidation, is a savings of about $250,000. Plus, the academy's old building may be used for other district programs, which currently rent space at other locations. "So it's a win win situation," said Musso.

Even so, the district must still cut $4,750,000. There are controversial proposals still on the table, including closing schools in Eastern Pueblo County, and switching to a four-day week. Decisions the district says aren't easy, but necessary.

Discussions about closing schools in Eastern Pueblo County will be discussed at a future meeting. But, the Technical Academy is on Tuesday night's agenda as well as a proposal to close the 6th, 7th and 8th grade at Beulah School and bus those kids to Colorado City.

The meeting is at 7 p.m. Tuesday, February 16th at Pueblo County High School.


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