Westside schools
No Westside closures recommended

       No Westside schools were suggested for closure in recommendations to the District 11 Board of Education at its work session Jan. 9 by Superintendent Nick Gledich.
       The only loss of a Westside school would occur if the board follows a Gledich recommendation to relocate the Bijou School (alternative high school).
       If Wasson High closes (another recommendation), it would mean changes in the Coronado High School boundaries. But these are far from finalized, based on conversations among Gledich and board members Jan. 9.
       Further discussion is to occur at public meetings Jan. 10, 14, 15 and 16. None of these are scheduled on the Westside. For times and locations, see the District 11 ad on Page 7.
       The board will consider the matter again at its Jan. 23 meeting. A final decision is expected in February.
       The effort is called “optimization of utilization,” by which D-11 seeks more efficiency in education through better use of its facilities.
      
       Orientation at Coronado
       Coronado High will hold an “orientation evening” Wednesday, Jan. 16 for eighth-graders who are planning or considering attendance as freshmen this fall.
       Organized by the school's counseling staff, the session will begin at 6 p.m. The school is at 1590 W. Filllmore St.
       Department heads will be present, according to the school newsletter. For more information, call the Coronado Counseling Center at 328-3609.
      
       SAIL info night at West
       A parent information night for gifted students in grades 6-8 is scheduled Jan. 17 at West Middle School, 1920 W. Pikes Peak Ave.
       Hosted by the School District 11 Gifted and Talented Department, the free session will begin at 6:30 p.m.
       West is one of two middle schools to offer the SAIL program, which was developed by D-11 as a rigorous educational approach that's available to students who show aptitude in specific academic areas.
       For more information, call Anne Wolf at 640-6622.
      
       NBPTS certification for 3
       Three teachers at Westside schools are among nine in District 11 who recently achieved certification by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS).
       They are Angela Banfield of Coronado High School, Brian Mandabach of the Bijou School (alternative high school) and Phil Hutcherson of West Middle School.
       Under a process established by NBPTS, certification involves a “rigorous 400-to-600-hour performance-based assessment that measures what accomplished teachers should know and be able to do,” a press release states.

Westside Pioneer/press releases