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POLL: Which Elementary School Should Lakewood Close?

The district must close one of three elementary schools in Lakewood. Take our completely unscientific poll and let us know which one you'd choose.

To help over the next five years, the must close one elementary school by the start of the 2013-14 school year.

Superintendent Jeff Patterson said that's part of his proposal to help balance the district's budget, following massive cuts in state funding last year.

The school board previously voted — as part of the  — to shutter , but Patterson said he’d like see which school “makes the most sense” to close.

The district will consider closing Grant,  and  elementary schools, he said, however the final decision won’t be made until August. 

“There are a lot factors to consider,” he said.

Take our completely unscientific poll and let us know which one you'd choose. And tell us why in the comments.

Alexandra May 22, 2012 at 10:56 AM
It boils down to what services students need, operating expenses for the building, future uses for buildings....what is being done with Taft?
Sandy May 22, 2012 at 01:19 PM
They should turn Taft into condos
Jennifer May 22, 2012 at 01:35 PM
We already voted on this. So frustrated! Close Grant like we already decided!!
Michael Rice May 22, 2012 at 02:03 PM
Jennifer, who decided on closing Grant?
Jennifer May 22, 2012 at 02:20 PM
The school board and community, after a series of community meetings. It was voted on after we (the citizens) were told only two of the remaining three elementary schools could be remodeled as part of the phase 3 construction plan.
Sheila Weil May 22, 2012 at 03:03 PM
My kids go to Grant, and as school it really has a great community and a wonderful staff. I find it a shame to close any school, and especially to close one that is consistently rated as excellent, (when only two of the elementary schools are--Grant and Lincoln), seems foolish at best.
Mrs. Kirk May 22, 2012 at 03:13 PM
I find that closing grant would be a huge upset to me and my son. I just moved on Elmwood and my son will go to grant for kindergarten this August. I will walk him there and he is so excited. Transferring him to another school for 1st grade will be traumatic, he's been thru enough. I hear how wonderful grant is and how hot and miserable Lincoln is. If grant closes I will be willing to move to another city just so my child doesn't have to go to Lincoln.
Allison May 22, 2012 at 04:46 PM
Obviously, no matter what school is closed, it will be a huge upset to the children and community around that school. Change is always hard! My kids go to Lincoln and don't ever complain about it being hot and miserable. They love it there and we love being able to walk there and use the playground even when school is not is session.
rassie galaty May 22, 2012 at 06:04 PM
great idea!!!
M-F Schreiber May 22, 2012 at 11:54 PM
why not a hotel or bed & breakfast inn...we don't need more condos, we need a place for guest to stay when visiting Lakewood or the metro area.
Bob May 23, 2012 at 02:05 AM
We have 3 buildings in excess: McKinnley, Taft and Franklin, which in being run as a charter school. Grant is a small school and transfer the children to the next closest school.
Kathryn May 23, 2012 at 05:29 PM
WE never voted. A survey showing that Grant would be the best school to remain open was swept under the rug for those more influential who live near the lake, supported by Linda Bebe.
danny the dunce May 26, 2012 at 02:25 PM
Close all of the schools. That would really save money.
Stef June 06, 2012 at 07:20 PM
Lincoln should be kept opened. It's a wonderful school and I agree that it's nice using the playground when school isn't in session.
Kristine Pagsuyoin June 13, 2012 at 03:58 PM
Closing any of the elementary schools in our district is a tragedy. Each of the three schools being considered to close; Grant, Roosevelt, or Lincoln are high-performing schools with many families that will be negatively impacted if they can no longer serve their neighborhoods. As I read the comments here, like in many discussions over the last several years on this issue, I notice that not everyone is well-informed about all of the facts nor understand the unintended and potential consequences to closing a school in our community. I don’t understand how posing a question like this by the Lakewood Patch serves our community? Haven’t we already had enough of committees and discussions that pit one neighbor against the other within our school community? The Grant vs Lincoln discussion is tiresome and distracts us from the real discussions we should be having. There is room for everyone in Lakewood and we have a district that is able to offer everyone a great education no matter what buildings remain.

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