Keep Aire Libre Elementary School Open

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On February 9, 2018, Janice Moore, Aire Libre Elementary School Principal, sent out an email informing parents and students that they would be “repurposing” the school – meaning current students and staff would be sent to other elementary schools. They plan to send regular education students and staff to Campo Bello Elementary. This decision was brought about due to a decline in enrollment, with a predicted loss of 25 students over the next 5 years.

Aire Libre Elementary School recently received a rating of “B+” – just one growth point shy from being rated an “A.” Campo Bello is currently rated a “B,” and Echo Mountain and Palomino are both rated “C.” Our teachers and staff have really brought ALES students to a level that competes educationally with neighboring schools in the district. Furthermore, these neighboring schools have a higher number of students enrolled, especially Palomino with almost 1,200 students. With that many students, why can’t we offer to bring some to our wonderful ALES? Our school is also one of the few in the immediate vicinity to offer a specialized Autism Program, as an “Everybody Matters” school.

Along with a decline in enrollment and not meeting an “A” rating, it has been stated that every year, Aire Libre Elementary School costs the district $500,000; yet, they’ll be closing our doors and spending $13 million on a brand new building for students that has yet to be identified. What happened to “everybody matters?"

We ask that you join teachers, parents, and fellow neighbors this Tuesday, February 20, at 6:30PM in the Aire Libre Elementary School cafeteria and help us keep ALES open for our children!



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