Nov 28, 2012 7:56 PM by Matt Stafford

School District 11 talking changes; school closures possible

Talks of school closures have come up again for District 11 in Colorado Springs; the biggest school district in the area.

"What's best for our students, and the community, in the future, in the long run? And we're going to try and stream line and make things a little more efficient," says Devra Ashby, spokesperson for D-11.

The district is looking at several options, some of which include closing Wasson High School, Mann Middle School and several elementary schools; including Bates, Edison, Lincoln, and Midland.

No decisions have been made; D-11 has a series of community meetings planned for the month of December (5th, 10th, 13th, 17th, 18th and 19th) to discuss plans.

D-11 officials say they realize these decisions also have an impact on people living in the district who don't have children in their school system.

Oscar Furrow has lived across the street from Wasson High School for several years. He says he doesn't care one way or the other if they close the school.

"If they need it for the kids then I'm for it, but they don't really need it then I'm for closing it," says Furrow.

He's not worried about his property value dropping if the school closes; he thinks the building will be put to a different use relatively quickly.

The district is planning to release more on what they're looking into on Monday. In the meantime they've put details on the options they have so far on their website; to check it out or for more on the community meetings, click here.



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