A final decision was made, and Lake Kathlyn Elementary will be closing its doors after this school year.
The District is facing $680,000 in budget cuts, so the Board decided not continue funding the aging building. The school is also under-enrolled; it can hold over 210 students, but currently only has 81.
The Board supported the closure six votes to none.
Superintendant Chris van der Mark says there’s room for these students in other district schools.
“Obviously, part of the planning is we certainly have room for students to be transitioned into [schools like] Walnut park in the fall, then we’ll work with parents in the school community to make sure that that transition is positive,” he says.
Every spring, Staff can apply for vacant positions and are awarded by seniority.
van der Mark says the money saved will be spread throughout the district.
“The most obvious places that you’ll see that is in our ability to maintain a high level of service, high level of diverse choice and flexibility and programming,” he says.
It’s likely the school will face another $276,000 in budget cuts next year as well.