Tilden Elementary School might close in June.
OUSD staff have determined that the district can’t afford to complete the repairs necessary to make the school — which offers 16 special education programs — clean and safe, said district spokesman Troy Flint. Last year, I wrote about the lack of a functioning alarm and intercom system at Tilden. Flint said the school’s uneven terrain also creates access problems.
Tilden’s closure isn’t official, yet. The recommendation goes before the Teaching and Learning Committee on Tuesday night, and the Facilities Committee on Wednesday night – and then before the full board in March. Some parents are fighting to save the school rather than see their children splinter off into four schools: Bella Vista, Burckhalter, Brookfield and Howard.
Christa Dahlstrom, a Tilden parent, wrote about the closure today in her blog, Hyperlexicon:
Tilden is a school of underdogs: special needs kids, but also the general education population. They don’t come from one of the affluent hills neighborhoods, but rather from more disadvantaged areas where parents are often working more than one job to make ends meet.
With fiscal shortfalls and facility code problems, the district thinks that closing this small school and shuffling students around is the best option.
But it would be such a shame to lose this little diamond in the rough of a school: run down on the outside, but so full of heart and compassion and dedication on the inside.
You can find her entire post here.