On August 25, 2022 the Jeffco Public Schools staff made the following recommendation to the Board of Education (BoE) for school closures and consolidations effective for the 2023-24 school year. Please note that the recommended joining together of Bergen Meadow Elementary (K-2) and Bergen Valley Elementary (3-5) schools to become a united Bergen Elementary (PK-5), would be effective during the 2024-25 school year.
The BoE will vote on this recommendation at their meeting on November 10, 2022. Please see the additional tabs on this page for information regarding public hearing and community conversation dates. You may also submit a comment.
The criteria used to develop the list of schools recommended for consolidation were that on August 15, 2022 the school had:
- An enrollment of less than 220 K-2, K-5, K-6 students OR
- Is utilizing 45% or less of the capacity of its facility AND
- There is an elementary school or schools less than 3.5 miles away that can serve the students from the closing school in the current articulation area*
Jeffco Public Schools is the latest in a series of metro-area school districts to see declining enrollment numbers. In a meeting scheduled for August 25th, Superintendent Tracy Dorland will recommend specific schools for closure.
Data presented to the Board of Education in a July 26th study session showed an increase in overall population in Jefferson County, but a decline in school-aged children between 2000 and 2020. Data also showed a decrease in the population under 5 years old, and in 2020, the lowest number of births recorded in 15 years.
Jeffco has the capacity to serve 96,000 students in traditional schools, but currently serves just 69,000 students. In the last two years, the district has closed two schools before the end of the year - Allendale Elementary in the 2020/2021 school year and Fitzmorris Elementary in the 2021/2022 school year - due to unsustainably low enrollment.