Potential Minnequa Elementary Closure Information

On Thursday, April 4, Pueblo City Schools Board of Education will host a public hearing regarding the proposed school closure of Minnequa Elementary School. The meeting will be held from 6:00-7:30 p.m. at our school cafetorium. 

Individuals wishing to provide public comment will have an opportunity to sign up during regular business hours from 7:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.  at the Administrative Services Center or from 5:00-6:15 p.m. at Minnequa prior to the hearing.   Speakers will be called in the order in which they have signed up and comments are limited to three minutes.  

Again, this is an important meeting concerning the potential closure of Minnequa Elementary, Your attendance is appreciated.

APRIL 4, 2019

Guidelines for Public Comment

The Pueblo City Schools Board of Education invites members of the public to provide comment regarding the recommendation regarding the proposed school closures of Minnequa Elementary at a Public Hearing on Thursday, April 4, at 6:00 p.m. in the Minnequa Cafetorium. The Board has given the opportunity to hear comments at the public hearing, but will not be able to respond to individual comments or questions at this meeting. No decisions have been made at this time.

On April 4, a sign-up sheet for public comment will be available during regular business hours from 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Administrative Services Center, 315 W. 11th Street and from 5:00 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. at Minnequa Elementary School, 1708 E. Orman Avenue. Speakers will be called by the board president in the order in which they are listed on the sign-up sheet.

Comments should be limited to the subject of the hearing. Each speaker will be allowed three (3) minutes. There will be no transferring of time to another speaker. A Spanish-speaking interpreter will be available. Please observe the timing lights on the speaker’s table and be respectful of others’ opportunity to speak by limiting your comments to three minutes.

For both speakers and the audience, the Board asks that you be civil and respectful of the process and the speakers. Please keep in mind that students may be present, so your comments should be suitable for an audience that includes Kindergarten through 12th grade students.

Questions and Answers – Minnequa Elementary

Why is Minnequa Elementary a candidate for school closure?

The district has engaged in an extensive process to identify schools for potential closure that included a number of factors and stakeholder engagement.  In alignment with Board policy, school closures are evaluated on a number of criteria including educational programming, enrollment, building capacity, facility condition, and academic success over time.   Specific information about Minnequa can be found on the other side of this page.

If Minnequa Elementary is closed, where will my elementary student attend school next year?

The majority of elementary students from Minnequa will be welcomed at Bessemer Academy with a smaller portion attending either Columbian Elementary or Beulah Heights Elementary.

If my child currently attends Minnequa through the choice application process, where will they attend?

Students that are currently attending Minnequa via a choice application will be placed back in the neighborhood school near their current residence.

What if I would want my student to attend a different school than the one identified? Is there a choice process in place? Can I change my choice application?

You may complete a school choice application on the school district's website (www.pueblocityschools.us). Find and click on the yellow School Choice button and complete and submit a school choice waitlist application.  School choice selections for students who were expecting to attend Minnequa will automatically be given more weight.  If you have already submitted a school choice application for 2019-20, please contact the School Choice office and they will add or update your children's choices for you on your application.  Please send an email identifying yourself, your children and your new choices to schoolchoice@pueblocityschools.us or call 719-253-6014.

I have a student in a center-based Special Education program, where will they attend next year?

Center-based programs will be relocated to other schools within the district.  Placement of students at particular schools will be based on the individual needs of the student and their current address, as determined by an IEP team that includes staff and parents.  You will be contacted by a member of our ESS team to begin this process.

Will my student be bussed to their new school?

Per district policy, if students identified home school is more than a mile from their new placement, transportation will be provided.  The district is also looking at options to mitigate student crossings at busy streets/ intersections. Transportation of students with an IEP is handled on an individual basis.

What will the district do to support my student in transitioning to a new school?

School leaders are working as a team to identify and provide supports to families in an effort to make a positive transition.  We will be reaching out to families to engage them in the development and implementation of a transition process for each school.  In the coming weeks, students and their families can anticipate a variety of activities and opportunities to get to know your new school community.  Please contact your school principal if you are interested in participating in this process.

What happens to the teachers that are currently at Minnequa Elementary?

Transition for our staff is just as important as transitioning our students.  We will follow contract language and policies and procedures for non-probationary staff pertaining to teacher displacement and mutual consent.  Probationary teachers at any closing school will initially be non-renewed. We will ensure this process is done in a timely and efficient manner so that they have the opportunity to apply for all vacant positions for which they are qualified.

Will my student have access to community supports and resources that are currently at Minnequa?

The district is working with community agencies to best identify how we can extend the resources at Minnequa to other schools where students will be attending.