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Mountain View Middle School Parents Focused on their Students as school closes

SPOKANE, Wash. - The East Valley School District is expecting a $1.5-2.5 million dollar shortfall for the 2011-2012 School Year.

While administrators have chosen to close Mountain View Middle School, closing the school will save the district one million dollars next year.

Tuesday's School Board meeting was about finding solutions that will affect Mountain View Middle School students the least.

Next year seventh and eighth graders will attend East Valley Middle School and 6th graders will attend East Farm Elementary School.

More than one hundred parents and community members had the chance to voice their opinions and offer their suggestions to East Valley School District Superintendent John Glenewinkel and School Board Members.

Parents were concerned about renaming both schools. Parents didn't want their sixth graders going to a school with Elementary in the name and parents with middle schoolers who will attend East Valley Middle School suggested a new name so both schools could start fresh.

Other items brought up at the meeting:

  • Administrators do not plan on cutting middle school athletics.
  • Advanced classes will still be offered.
  • Students will still have transportation since those funds come from a different budget.
  • Some teachers will keep their jobs, but teach at different schools within the district.

Administrators reminded parents these are just guidelines but they will have to wait for Legislators to finish their special session in Olympia to find out how much of their budget is cut, this will affect their final decision. Glenewinkel says once they find out how much money is cut they will make final arrangements and notify parents immediately.

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