There is a possibility that Thomson Elementary School, a school in the Jefferson County school district, might join North Arvada Middle School, which is also in the Jefferson County school district
There is a possibility that Thomson Elementary School, a school in the Jefferson County school district, might join North Arvada Middle School, which is also in the Jefferson County school district. If it happens, it will be because there is not enough money. The decision has been postponed until the 2012 to 2013 school year because of possibilities that had not yet been considered, but the school board is trying to figure out the decision now.
Some of the teachers at North Arvada and Thomson say that if this happens, it will be a very big change, but it will be a learning experience for everyone: the students and the teachers. At first it could be hard, but in the long run it will pay off. They say that the elementary teachers will learn a lot about seventh and eighth graders and that the middle school teachers will learn a lot about elementary school kids.
One person said, "In these times of decreasing budgets all school districts need to find ways of stretching money and being efficient."
Other teachers, city officials, and members of the community are opposed to it because it will be a big change for everyone and others say, "It will be too hard on the kids." Lots of kids walk to Thomson, and according to the teachers who are against the move, they will not be able to walk that far, so they will have to move to a different school. They also pointed out that Thomson Elementary School has a very rich history. For one thing, it was named after Marjorie Thomson. Thomson has lots of traditions. One teacher said "It's a home away from home, and for me it's been a happy place," when referring to Thomson. Another said, "Kids just don't feel secure without their school."
One community member said, "Elementary schools are where the foundation for a child's life is given." Another teacher mentioned the children who need special education. The teacher said that those kids need consistency, and they can't just be moved around like that. Also, only certain special education programs would travel with the school. The specialized programs that Thomson provides would be displaced.
Many of the teachers and community members wonder if North Arvada Middle School has enough room for so many children. Ms. Rachel Zenzinger, a city council member said it just broke her heart that this was happening. She said that she loves having Thomson in the neighborhood and she values it so much. She, along with others, doesn't want this move to ever happen. Senator Evie Hudak was opposed and thought it was a bad idea for many reasons, like the safety of the kids and much, more.
There was an informational meeting all about the possibility of Thomson Elementary School moving to North Arvada Middle School on Wednesday the 26th of January. At this meeting, people saw the point of view of some of the people who are against Thomson moving to North Arvada. They say that Thomson is a small, short distance from home, neighborhood school to many people, and that works well for them, but the Jeffco school district has found out that small, close to home, neighborhood schools cost more money.
Also, it was pointed out that Thomson Elementary has a long history. For one thing, it was named after Ms. Thomson. For another, Thomson won a Presidential Award for science and math. Lots of parents have come back to live near Thomson so that their kids can go there.
The district saves $3,000 from closing a school. If Thomson is sold, the district will make more money than that. The problem there is that it isn't likely that Thomson will be sold. It was also said that money was not being spread out equally between different schools. Another idea that might help Thomson not close down was making changes, like adding a preschool or a GT program to Thomson.
Something else that was brought up was that Thomson is very unique. Not only is it a neighborhood school, but it also has a special education lab in the primary grades and the older grade levels. Last of all, it was brought up that just because the decision was delayed, that doesn't mean it's not going to happen. People who are against Thomson Elementary School moving to North Arvada Middle School need to be smart fighters.
Overall, the delayed decision leaves a question suspended in midair. Will Thomson really be moving to North Arvada?