The Springfield School Board Monday night signed off on roughly $6.6 million in reductions to its Fy2014 operating budget.
As part of the approved cuts, the board voted 4-3 to close the Capital College Preparatory Academy at the end of this school year.
According to The State Journal-Register, the decision to close the middle school was met with some tears from emotional prep academy faculty, students and parents.
CLICK HERE – full list of approved budget reductions (updated 11 a.m. 2/5/13)
The SJ-R reports that before the vote was taken to close the CCPA, Superintendent Dr. Walter Milton reminded board members that prep academy students were more successful academically than they were in traditional schools. Milton believes those students may not be as successful when they return to a traditional environment.
Board member Lisa Funderburg and Board President Susan White voted to close the academy. They tell the SJ-R that their decision was based on what was best for all students in the district, not just some.
During last night’s nearly five-hour meeting the board approved about 30 proposed budget reductions, including the closures and consolidation of two elementary schools, Wanless and Pleasant Hill. The elimination of more than 100 positions district-wide were also approved.
-Springfield State-Journal Register/District 186