DPS Admin planning to phase out Manny Martinez Middle School

Hot off the presses, forwarded from a community ally:

Dear Parents:

Denver Public Schools has informed us it will recommend, starting with the next school year (2011-2012), that Manny Martinez Middle School no longer enroll any students for the 6th grade.  Only 7th and 8th grade students will be able to attend Manny Martinez Middle School.  Current 6th and 7th grade students at Manny Martinez, who advance to the next grade level, will be able to attend the school.

On Tuesday, October 26 from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., a Community Meeting regarding the next steps for the School will be held in the West High School cafeteria.  Superintendent Tom Boasberg, Chief Academic Officer Susana Cordova and Board of Education Vice President Arturo Jimenez will participate.  We encourage you to attend.

In addition, the Board of Directors of Manny Martinez wants to provide you with the opportunity to discuss this potential change to the School.  Therefore, immediately prior to the Community Meeting on Tuesday at 7:30 pm, we will hold a meeting for parents at 6:30 pm in the Manny Martinez Middle School Teachers Lounge, Room Number 214.

We hope you can attend both meetings.

Sincerely,

Gabriel Trujillo, Principal

Ms. Judy Wolcott, Charter Board President

What is the deal with DPS not waiting until the community conversation is had before it makes these decisions?  Don’t they report to the Board?  Is the board falling asleep on the job?

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