Heroes K-8 Academy Transition Plan/New Boundaries

On Monday, April 1, Pueblo City Schools Board of Education hosted a public hearing regarding the proposed school closures of Heroes Elementary and Heroes Middle Schools. The Board reconvened on April 9 and voted to move forward with the closure of Heroes K-8 Academy.

Transition Plan - TBA

Calendar of Community Meetings - TBA

New Boundary Maps:   All Middle Schools        Heaton Middle        Risley International      Irving and Morton Elementary

Questions and Answers – Heroes Academy K-8

Why was Heroes Academy K-8 a candidate for school closure?

The district has engaged in an extensive process to identify schools for potential closure that included a number of factors and stakeholder engagement.  In alignment with Board policy, school closures are evaluated on a number of criteria including educational programming, enrollment, building capacity, facility condition, and academic success over time.   Specific information about Heroes can be found on the other side of this page.

If Heroes Academy K-8 is closed, where will my elementary student attend school next year? Where will my middle school student attend?

The majority of elementary students from Heroes will be welcomed at Irving Elementary with a smaller portion attending Morton Elementary.  Most middle school students will attend Risley International with a portion going to Heaton Middle School.

If my child currently attends Heroes Academy K-8 through the choice application, where will they attend?

Students that are currently attending Heroes via a choice application will be placed back in the neighborhood school based on their current residence.

What if I would want my student to attend a different school than the one identified? Is there a choice process in place? Can I change my choice application?

You may complete a school choice application on the school district's website (www.pueblocityschools.us). Find and click on the yellow School Choice button and complete and submit a school choice waitlist application.  School choice selections for students who were expecting to attend Heroes will automatically be given more weight.  If you have already submitted a school choice application for 2019-20, please contact the School Choice office and they will add or update your children's choices for you on your application.  Please send an email identifying yourself, your children and your new choices to schoolchoice@pueblocityschools.us or call 719-253-6014.

I have a student in a center-based Special Education program, where will they attend next year?

Center-based programs that are currently housed at Heroes will be relocated to other schools within the district.  Placement of students at particular schools will be based on the individual needs of the student and their current address, as determined by an IEP team that includes staff and parents.  You will be contacted by a member of our ESS team to begin this process.

Will my student be bussed to their new school?

Per district policy, if students identified home school is more than a mile from their new placement, transportation will be provided.  Transportation of students with an IEP is handled on an individual basis.

What will the district do to support my student in transitioning to a new school?

School leaders are working as a team to identify and provide supports to families in an effort to make a positive transition.  We will be reaching out to families to engage them in the development and implementation of a transition process for each school.  In the coming weeks, students and their families can anticipate a variety of activities and opportunities to get to know your new school community.  Please contact your school principal if you are interested in participating in this process.

What happens to the teachers that are currently at Heroes K-8?

Transition for our staff is just as important as transitioning our students.  We will follow contract language and policies and procedures for non-probationary staff pertaining to teacher displacement and mutual consent.  Probationary teachers at any closing school will initially be non-renewed. We will ensure this process is done in a timely and efficient manner so that they have the opportunity to apply for all vacant positions for which they are qualified.

Will my student have access to community supports and resources that are currently at Heroes?

The district is working with community agencies including the Boys and Girls Club to best identify how we can extend the resources at Heroes to other schools where students will be attending.