Concerns Raised Over Two Westside Schools

A controversy is brewing in District 66. Some parents are concerned about the future of two neighborhood schools.

The issue involves the possible closing of two schools.

Melissa Hegarty is a District 66 parent doesn’t see an easy resolution. “Not without a lot of parents in the community getting together to figure out how can we help participate in the cost, if it’s fundraisers if it’s ice cream socials, whatever need to happen. There’s a lot of parents who care and want to participate in helping.”

Melissa does not believe the district will shut down Loveland School. The school is one of the main reasons she purchased a house in the Loveland neighborhood.

“We bought our house almost two years ago with the intention of sending our daughters to that school. That was one of the schools on our list that we wanted our children to attend.”

She knows District 66 has hired a firm to conduct a study and that study revealed that Oakdale and Loveland are low on attendance, high on cost of future operation and parents don't like some of the options that are out there.

Hegarty said, “Options were put on the table and closing Loveland and Oakdale is one of the options, options I think as a parent of child in District 66. I don’t think that’s anything that anyone wants to see happen and everybody's gonna do what they can to participate in a healthy discussion on how to keep those schools open.”

District 66 officials say Melissa is right. No final decision has been made. In fact the district will form a task force to review every building in the district and there will be plenty of discussion before recommendations are made.

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