March 9, 2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

For more information:
Lisa Pinto, npinto@jeffco.k12.co.us, Jeffco Public Schools, 303-982-6851

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Jeffco Public Schools Pass Measure to Alleviate Crowding and Bolster Achievement in Alameda Articulation Area

Golden, Colo. (March 9, 2015) – Tonight, the Jefferson County Board of Education unanimously passed a plan to help ease overcrowding in schools in central Lakewood serving the Alameda articulation area schools.  According to the plan, seventh and eighth graders who would attend O’Connell Middle School, instead, will attend Alameda International High School, which will become a comprehensive 7-12 high school beginning with the 2015-16 school year.

The newly formed Alameda International 7-12 High School will provide a Middle Years International Baccalaureate Program serving all 7th through 10th grade students, and optional IB programing for 11th and 12th grade students. . 

O’Connell Middle School will be converted into an elementary school campus to address the over-crowding concerns raised by the Board of Education during early discussions on facilities this past fall.  Stein Elementary students will be located on the current O’Connell campus.  The current Stein building will undergo renovations and re-open for the 2016-17 school year.

Stein Elementary students may have the opportunity to move back to the new elementary school when the renovation is complete. 

“The Jeffco School Board listened to the parents, teachers, staff, and community in the Alameda area and we believe this is a solution that will serve the growing educational needs of the Lakewood community,” said Board Member John Newkirk, who made the motion to pass the Alameda Plan. “We want to ensure that our students have safe and welcoming classrooms, and that our parents are confident that their kids will have outstanding classrooms to help drive educational achievement.”

The proposed solution will enable Jeffco Public Schools to significantly reduce the number of temporary classrooms used for instruction at our elementary schools serving students in the area, as well as to improve the ability to deliver art, music, and physical education programs for these elementary teachers.

As meeting our families’ transportation needs is a priority for Jeffco Schools, bus routes will be updated to transport children to their new schools.

Additional Staff and community meetings will be held in April in English, Spanish and Vietnamese to address parents and community members’ questions about how this will affect their children. 

Conversations with facilities, district leadership, and community members will be scheduled for the Fall of 2015 to discuss the development of  the new elementary school to serve the central Lakewood area.

About Jeffco Public Schools

Jeffco Public Schools has been providing educational excellence for more than 60 years. Approximately nine percent of all the K-12 students in Colorado attend a Jeffco School. Our mission is to provide a quality education that prepares all children for a successful future. The district has 155 schools on 168 campuses. Additional information about Jeffco Public Schools can be found at JeffcoPublicSchools.org.

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