DELPHOS — Landeck Elementary will close its doors to students and staff at the end of the 2018-2019 school year due to a decline in enrollment and financial issues.
The Delphos board of education voted during a special meeting Monday at the district’s administration building to close the school. The vote was a unanimous 4-0.
The corporation previously held an informational meeting Dec. 13 at Delphos Jefferson High School where parents voiced their concerns about closing Landeck Elementary School.
The school board announced Dec. 7 in a letter to parents that it was considering the closure.
Currently, only 85 students are enrolled at Landeck Elementary School, a building which is being leased from the Delphos parochial schools. Those students would be absorbed back in the Franklin Elementary in town. To make room for them, the 5th-graders from Franklin and Landeck will be moved to the middle school.
Delphos interim Superintendent Joel Hatfield said there is an emotional attachment to the building, and others understand the necessity of the closure due to declining enrollment and with school finances the way they are.
“Landeck is a Grade 1 through 5 school, so the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th graders will attend Franklin Elementary and the 5th graders will attend Delphos Middle School,” Hatfield said.
Jamie Clark, Franklin Parent Club president, attended Monday’s meeting and said the club has a lot of people involved.
“We do a lot of activities after hours and I would welcome you to come and join us. At the end of the day, we are all Wildcats,” Clark said.
Board President Andy North read a letter to those who attended the meeting from the board regarding the decision to close Landeck.
“We have communicated that opening two grade schools is no longer needed due to the current and future enrollment expectations,” North said. “The district also faces budgetary constraints that requires us to produce a plan to eliminate deficit spending into the future.”
North said there was a question raised during the Dec. 13 meeting about whether or not the board understood the financial ramifications of the decision.
“We do. The Board of Administration will continue to demonstrate our value by understanding the district’s long-term goals, communicating our process toward these goals while always making decisions in the district’s best interest,” North said.
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