Pleasant Ridge School to remain open for two more years |

Pleasant Ridge School to remain open for two more years

Pleasant Ridge School will continue to remain open through the school year 2008-09, the board of trustees of the Pleasant Ridge Union school district decided at a recent meeting.

A districtwide decline in enrollment had put the fate of Pleasant Ridge School in the balance.

According to district officials, out of the four schools in the school district, Pleasant Ridge was worst hit by the enrollment figures because its student population was dwindling most rapidly. In addition, its small physical facility would have been least capable of housing more students in case a merger of schools were to take place, officials said.

“It’s wonderful we are looking at this issue (of declining enrollment) as a districtwide issue,” said Derek Cooper, principal of Pleasant Ridge Elementary School. “It’s great news that the district board is wanting to look at other options (than closing the school).”

The board of trustees’ decision was guided by the recommendation of a districtwide enrollment focus group consisting of parents, teachers, staff, administrators and two board members.

The group will continue to work to seek innovative and efficient strategies for cost-containment, space and material utilization and increasing enrollment districtwide.

“We will be looking at declining enrollment and what we can do to keep the school open beyond 2009 and keep the existing programs offered through the Pleasant Ridge Union school district,” Cooper said.


To contact Soumitro Sen, e-mail or call 477-4229.

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