POULSBO, Wash. - One local school district faces a tough decision. The North Kitsap School District plans to close one of three elementary schools.
District officials say declining enrollment and less money from the state is forcing administrators to look at shutting down a school.
"It becomes very personal and it becomes a heart issue, not a fiscal issue, and it’s very hard on our community; it’s fracturing it,” said Superintendent Patty Page.
The three elementary schools that are being considered for closure are Richard Gordon, David Wolfle and Breidablik Elementary schools.
North Kitsap School District problems include 800 empty seats throughout district schools and budget pressures.
Parents are upset because students and teachers would have to move to other schools, and the entire district would be restructured from elementary, middle and high schools.
"Schools have been pinned against each other," said Nicole Flowers, a parent volunteer at Breidablik. "When you put the numbers on the paper, they don’t add up to the 3 schools on the list and I don’t think they’re doing what’s best for the kids, moving them around is going to give them the best for them.”
Some parents want the district to look for other ways to trim the budget, such as selling the administration building.
But Superintendent Page says closing a school would save more in the long run, considering the cost of a principal, office manager and custodial work.
A public hearing for Breidablik is Thursday at 6:00 p.m. at the North Kitsap School District administration building at 18360 Caldart Avenue in Poulsbo.
The next hearing on David Wolfle Elementary school is Wednesday February 20th at the district headquarters. The final vote on the school closure is scheduled for February 28th.