SANTA FE — A yearslong discussion over closing small public schools in Santa Fe — proposed as a way to more equitably use school district resources — apparently came to an end late Wednesday when the school board rejected the latest school-closing proposal in a 3-2 vote.
Board members Lorraine Price and Maureen Cashmon supported closing Acequia Madre and E.J. Martinez elementary schools, in the city’s affluent north and east sides, along with midcity Nava Elementary, despite an uproar from small-school parents and supporters.
Price and Cashmon cited the district’s declining student enrollment at the elementary level, student capacity at some elementary school sites, shifts in student population and equity issues as Santa Fe’s school-age population shifts away from older, more affluent neighborhoods.
But the three other school board members instead approved a plan not to close any schools and take time to study inequity and other issues including interzone transfers, rezoning school boundaries to address declining enrollment and aging school facilities.