This is a correction to an earlier post, which said the Providence School Board vote on Nathan Bishop was April 4th. The vote was Monday, April 3rd (today). The School Board voted to close Bishop and re-accomodate its students in other schools.
The Providence School Board voted this evening to close the Nathan Bishop Middle School for one year over the strong objections of everyone except the school’s East Side neighbors.
Supt. Donnie Evans’ recommendation to close Bishop caught parents, teachers and union leaders by surprise. Until Friday, Evans was proposing to close the middle school and re-open it as a high school for ninth-and tenth-graders in the fall.
On Monday April 4th the Providence School Board will vote on Supt. Donnie Evans proposal to close Nathan Bishop Middle School, the only middle school that serves Summit and other East Side neighborhoods. Evan’s proposal has caused an uproar among neighbors and parents for a variety of reasons. The public will have an opportunity to speak at the meeting before the vote. Full article at the Projo.
The Projo has been following this issue extensively, and a full list of articles can be found here.
Excerpts from Sunday’s (April 2nd) article:
According to the board’s agenda, Supt. Donnie Evans is recommending that the 400-student middle school be closed the next school year. School spokeswoman Maria Tocco said Friday that Evans was out of town and that she couldn’t discuss what the district planned to do with the building until tomorrow’s meeting, which begins at 6 p.m.
Evans’ plan to convert Nathan Bishop into a temporary high school has provoked outrage from Elmgrove Avenue neighbors, who have mounted an extensive e-mail campaign to persuade elected officials to oppose the proposal.