Duarte to discuss closing Beardslee Elementary

Duarte to discuss closing Beardslee Elementary

The Duarte Unified School District Board of Education will hold a special meeting on Tuesday at 6 p.m. in the Duarte Performing Arts Center. The public will have a chance to voice their concerns about a committee recommendation to close Beardslee Elementary School. 

Earlier this year, declining enrollment led the district to appoint an advisory committee to study school closures. They ultimately recommended that if any schools were closed, it should be Beardslee. They also recommended that the property be sold. The Board will vote on whether to close a school (and if so, which one) on Sep. 22. The decision on whether or not to sell the property will be made at a later date.

Residents have started an online petition to voice their discontent. The petition on Change.org reached 200 signatures in less than 24 hours, and currently sits at 605 supporters.

“A decision to close a school would have a negative impact on our children and local neighborhood, by creating dangerous conditions for our children trying to reach the schools,” the petition reads. 

However, the school district has said that closures may be a necessary response to declining enrollment. According to Superintendent Allan Mucerino, projections suggest 22 percent fewer school-aged children will live in the district by 2022.

“I know people will not be happy, and I respect that, and we’re trying to be sensitive to everyone in the community,” Mucerino told the Pasadena Star-News in April.

This article has been updated with information from the Duarte Unified School District.

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