DuBois, PA – It’s a tense and emotional subject for people throughout the DuBois Area School District… the possible closure of three elementary schools. We have Superintendent Dr. Luke Lansberry's thoughts on the situation and more information about what comes next.
Due to budget issues, smaller enrollment and some structural issues with the buildings themselves, the school board has proposed closing Sykesville, Luthersburg and Penfield Elementaries.
The board was already considering the consolidation of the schools before the new superintendent, Dr. Luke Lansberry, started, but it became his task to find out if there was enough room in the bigger schools to accommodate the students from the other elementaries.
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If the closures happen, Sykesville students would attend C.G. Johnson Elementary, and Luthersburg would go to Wasson Elementary. Penfield students would be split between Oklahoma and Juniata.
The consolidation plan was proposed because the district has been suffering from ongoing budget problems, which the school board says is caused in part by the large number of schools within the district.
A study of the school district showed that it would cost more than $5.3 million to renovate the three elementary schools, and more than $1 million could be saved eventually by reducing the number of staff. The district expects student enrollment to decline in the near future.
However, many parents and residents are concerned that vital teachers and staff would have to be let go. They’re also worried about larger classroom sizes and longer bus rides.
The earliest date that the school board could make a decision on the closures would be April 4. Until then, it’s just a matter of waiting, which has left a lot of people nervous.