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Braman school to close
11/7/2013 10:09:55 AM
Last Updated:
5/12/2016 12:50:52 PM

by Scott Cloud/Newkirk Herald Journal

The Newkirk Board of Education voted Monday to close Braman Elementary after four years as part of the Newkirk School District.

Board members voted 4-1 to approve superintendent Steve Stanley’s recommendation to close the school.  Susan Rhea voted against the elementary closing.  Board members Russell Cobb, Curtis Layton, Julia Peri, and Glenna Blair approved the closing.

Stanley told board members that pre-enrollment numbers for next year were under 10 students in Grades Pre-K - 2nd Grade.

“That is far too few a number of students,” Stanley said.

 “We just can’t operate a facility with that few a number of students,” he added.

 Stanley added that he consulted new superintendent Brady Barnes before making the recommendation.

In March, the board approved a measure that moved the Braman Elementary 3rd - 6th grade students to the Newkirk campus for next school year.  Two years ago, Braman 7th and 8th grade students were moved to the Newkirk campus in order to provide more class offerings for Braman students.

The reduction will include one support person, two others will be moved to the Newkirk campus.

There were no staff members permanently assigned to Braman at the current time.

Newkirk and Braman schools consolidated in April 2012 when voters in both school districts approved the measure 271-78.

In the measure, the Newkirk schools promised to keep the Braman school site open for two years and increased the board of education to seven members including two members from Braman.  The board reduced to five board members in 2014.

The school received a $500,000 state aid incentive for the consolidation.


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