The appellants seek reversal of a decision made by the Washington Community School District to close the elementary school in Brighton and restructure the elementary schools in Washington. They also sought to have the State Board remand the issue back to the district, so the local board could appoint a special task force to research the closure issue only.
The district received a report from the Dept. of Public Safety indicating serious deficiencies in the Brighton school. The fire marshall recommended repairs and not closure. The appellants contend that the decision-making process was flawed, the community was given inadequate notice of the closure possibility, and little opportunity was give for input.
When applying the Barker guidelines, the district did inform the community of the school closure possibility, did entertain comments made by the community, and it did adequately cover and assess the statistical and data-oriented responses.
The local board's decision is affirmed.