Bellingham hearing set on proposal to close Larrabee Elementary School

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDApril 23, 2013 

BELLINGHAM - The Bellingham School Board will host a public hearing about Larrabee Elementary School Wednesday, May 8, before possibly making a decision the following night on whether to close the school.

The hearing will take place at 5:30 p.m. May 8 in the gym at Larrabee, 1409 18th St., with a public comment period for people to share their thoughts about the school's possible closure. The school board could vote on the closure at its May 9 meeting.

The district Facilities Planning Task Force recommended the closure to Superintendent Greg Baker in February, in addition to a variety of other district building projects over the next 10 years.

Baker endorsed the closure earlier this month, but the school board needs to vote to approve the closure before it's official.

The date for the potential closure hasn't been decided, though it would be at the end of the school year in 2014, 2015 or 2016.

If Larrabee closes, then the school's students would be split between nearby Lowell and Happy Valley elementary schools. The task force also recommended rebuilding Happy Valley Elementary on its current site and doing some remodeling at Lowell to accommodate the additional students.

The district is still discussing how the school building and property could be used in the future if the school is closed.


SEE DISTRICT'S REASONS

To read documents on the Bellingham School District's rationale and analysis for closing Larrabee Elementary School, click here.

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