Well, a report out from the public hearing last night that I believe is worthy of its own thread.
From reader Danny:
I attended the Pinehurst K-8 (aka AS#1) public hearing last night.
was just that, a public hearing for public testimony. No more real
information was gleaned from it other than how important the school is
to the community of people who send their kids there.
of note was School Board Director Peaslee waited patiently and testified
last with no time limit and put on record that the options of
temporarily locating at the Decautur bldg while waiting for a permanent
co-location with Thornton Creek are absolutely viable solutions. She
also stated that it doesn't make sense to close a program due to low
enrollment while there are waiting lists and empty buildings in the
district. She also stated that she had a conversation with Thornton
Creek's principal John Miner who told her Pinehurst must be saved and is
on board with the co-locating option.
First, thank you to Director Peaslee for doing the work to make sure that the district's decision is backed up by evidence.
Second, the Decatur building is to be empty. Putting Pinehurst in there next to Thornton Creek - whose principal says it would be okay - and allowing those two programs to possibly grow and thrive (and keeping a K-8 option in the NE) seems like a good road to try. I cannot say for certain - as was the case for African-American Academy - whether it is district inaction/disinterest that caused Pinehurst numbers to drop so low but I believe it was a big factor in those numbers.
Given the district has stated no plans for the the building and that it will cost more if they leave it empty only to reopen it in a few years (and it's not as if we haven't seen that happen), I think this would be a good course of action.