School board votes to close Whittier Elementary in 2015 - KTIV News 4 Sioux City IA: News, Weather and Sports

School board votes to close Whittier Elementary in 2015


Members of Sioux City School Board voted, Monday night, to close the book on a century-old school building.

After a month of discussions, school leaders voted, 6-1 to close Whittier Elementary in two years.

Board members said it was the right decision to make, to give students a 21st century education. Whittier is 111-years old. Still, they called the choice "agonizing." For new school board member Paul Speidel the decision was personal. Jackie Warnstadt, School Board Member said, "The opportunities we're going to give children by being in newer schools outweighs it. No more art on a cart, no more waiting for the lunch room to get cleaned so we can have PE." Paul Speidel, School Board Member, said "Man, if I had known it was going to be like this, I'm not sure I would have run. Only one person up here had to go home to their family and tell their daughter, 'I closed your school.' Only one. That's me."

Speidel was the only board member to vote to keep the school open.

Leaders say there's not enough sales tax revenue to replace the schools one for one. So, combining them is their only option.

A majority of students will go to the new Washington Elementary School when it opens in 2015. The district estimates about 40-students will be sent to Spalding Park.

Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KTIV Television Inc. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, Terms of Service and Mobile Privacy Policy & Terms of Service.

Persons with disabilities who need assistance with issues relating to the content of this station's public inspection file should contact Administrative Assistant Kathy Clayton at (712) 239-4100 x209. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, at 888-835-5322 (TTY) or at