Policy FCB Closing Schools

File: FCB

Closing Schools

As population matures or shifts within the school district, certain school buildings may no longer be needed for their original purpose and should be put to use to benefit the school district or public in other ways. In determining which facility is to be retired for regular school purposes, the Board shall be guided by this combination of factors:

  1. Educational flexibility: Which school building is least adaptable for housing a modern and flexible educational program?

  1. Neighborhood: Which school building is most isolated in terms of proximity to the residences of students?

  1. Cost: Which school building represents the highest cost in terms of upkeep and maintenance?

The Board shall invite the viewpoints of parents, staff and community in making its decision.

If the Board decides to close a school, it shall first consider other uses that the school district might make of the building. Then it shall consider in order, its sale (1) to the municipality, (2) to nonprofit educational and civic organizations, (3) to private entrepreneurs.

The historic value of any building will also be considered by the Board. In such cases it may take special action to provide for its preservation.

Reassignment of students

When a school is permanently closed, the students will be reassigned to a school or schools with available space that can meet their educational needs. Students may apply for enrollment at a school other than the school to which they are reassigned in accordance with Board policy.

Reassignment of employees

Teachers, administrators and other employees affected by school closing shall be reassigned in accordance with Board policy and law. If the closing required the district to eliminate positions, those positions will be eliminated in accordance with Board policy and law.

Adopted: date of manual adoption

Revised: December 14, 1993

Revised: August 9, 2005

Revised: September 23, 2014

CROSS REFS.: DN, School Property Disposal Procedures

GDQD, Discipline, Suspension and Dismissal of Support Staff

Huerfano School District Re-1, Walsenburg, Colorado