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May 25, 2008

Waukesha Considers Closing an Elementary School

Amy Hetzner

Now, School Board members say, it could be time to close one of the district's 17 elementary schools.

"I hate to close schools," board member Ellen Langill said. "But on the other hand, our enrollment's been shrinking, too, with the demographics of people having fewer children and our schools having fewer students. In some ways, I think it's overdue. It's never an easy thing to do."

Classroom space has opened up throughout the district with enrollment declines in recent years. According to the state Department of Public Instruction, between 1996-'97 and 2006-'07, the district lost 405 students in the elementary grades.

But much of that loss occurred early in the decade.

Waukesha's Executive Director of Business Services will soon move to a similar position in Madison.

Posted by Jim Zellmer at May 25, 2008 8:19 AM
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