Anoka-Hennepin board chooses schools to be closed down

     Anoka-Hennepin school board members decided on Monday to close down six schools in the district, The Star Tribune said.
     In a 5-1 vote, the board handpicked five elementary and one middle school to shutter beginning in the 2010-2011 academic year. The board hopes to save $3.1 million a year and recoup budget defecits, The Strib said.

     The district created a Facility Use Task Force several years ago to determine how to respond to large dips in enrollment. Since 2004, the district has lost 2,000 students and stopped using 67 of its classrooms, The Pioneer Press said.

     The one dissenting board member, Scott Wenzell, told The Star Tribune that he withheld support partly because the savings from closing the schools amount to more than what is needed to recover low enrollment costs.

     The article in The Strib put the closings into the context of other districts that have been impacted financially in recent years. It also added details at the end for topics it mentioned in the beginning. Although both papers have sections for comments, many more readers tend to give feedback on The Strib website.




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