School board votes 4-3 to close Walton Rural Life Elementary School
NEWTON, Kan. (KAKE) - The Newton School Board has voted 4-3 to close Walton Elementary School.
The board meeting was held in the auditorium of Newton high school because of the number of people who wanted to publicly voice their opinions.
Board members and administrators say revenue and the size of the building can't keep up with the school remaining open.
"With the data and information related to enrollment decline versus the cost to run facilities, and the fiscal resources available, the board of education would like to pursue the adoption of the resolution to close the Walton Rural Life Center at the end of the 2022-2023 school year," said board Vice-President Melissa Schreiber.
Opponents of the closure say the school offers a hands-on curriculum that only Walton can provide.
"I hope and pray that the board fully takes account of the situation, the amount of people that are here, the amount of people that have a love for that school, and how this affects not only the district, but the community as a whole," said Ian Long, parent of a first grader at Walton Elementary.
Now there's an effort to keep some of the agricultural curriculum in other elementary schools in the districts.