Dear APS Community,
Blueprint APS is the district’s long-term plan to provide our children with the necessary resources, schools and learning opportunities to meet the challenges of the future. The plan focuses on addressing the sharp enrollment declines that Aurora Public Schools has experienced over the past several years while also strengthening educational programs for the future. This process started back in 2018 with community input and implementation started in 2019.
On behalf of the Aurora Public Schools Board of Education, I would like to follow up after this week’s Board meeting. The Board did not approve the Superintendent’s Blueprint APS recommendations for Region 1. Instead, the Board has asked for further discussion about school closure and repurposing options for Region 1 to continue at our meeting on May 17.
As a reminder, the recommendations included closing and repurposing Paris and Sable elementary schools for an alternate use that would benefit the APS community. They also included building a One Health Innovation Center on the North Middle School campus that would include space for a P-TECH program.
To be clear, the Board will still need to consider closing and repurposing schools in Region 1 moving forward. Discussion may include recommendations to close any school in the region including Paris and Sable. We recognize that this continued uncertainty is both difficult and upsetting. Please know that we take our responsibilities as Board Directors very seriously and consider every aspect of these critically important decisions, including impact on the community.
Over the next few years, we will need to address the difficult budgetary challenges that lie ahead. Declining enrollment has meant that many schools in parts of our district have many empty seats. This trend will likely continue and because school districts are funded on a per pupil basis, this will continue to put a strain on our budget for years to come.
As a Board, we are committed to serving this community and making decisions that set our students, staff and families up for success.
APS Board of Education President