Thursday, June 10, 2010

Roanoke City School Board unanimous in vote to close Huff Lane school

Concerned citizens meet on closing of Huff Lane

School board members Jason Bingham and Todd Putney were absent from Thursday nights public input meeting on closing Huff Lane Intermediate school. Chairman David Carson, Lori Vaught, Suzanne Moore, Mae Huff and outgoing member Courtney Penn voted to close Huff Lane School.

The public meeting was held at James Breckinridge Middle school cafeteria to accommodate expected high attendance. Seven speakers took to the podium.

In addition to their vote to close Huff Lane the School Board confirmed the addition of two modular units for Round Hill to accommodate the overflow of students expected as they move from Huff Lane to Round Hill. Round Hill will become a K-5 school. As pointed out by Chairman Carson consolidation to K-5 schools has been part of the plan for several years.

There is no change in attendance zones with the closing of Huff Lane and preschool will be spread out to other schools. As Courtney Penn explained preschool is not held to attendance zones so any school can be used for that purpose. Superintendent Rita Bishop reiterated the negotiations with a church to lease space as well.

Carson very firmly admonished the media for sensationalizing and prematurely making assumptions for the sale and use of the Huff Lane property. Tonight’s discussion was strictly on the closing of Huff Lane. Use of the property will be dealt with at another time said Carson.

READ MORE: Emotions ran high on vote to close Huff Lane School

Posted By Valerie Garner

Categories: Education, Roanoke City Public Schools

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