Glide considers closing middle school

GLIDE, Ore. -- The Glide School District is looking at configuring their school set up, and it could end with the closure of their middle school.

Glide Middle School is a building all too familiar to some. There are a lot of graduates that went through the building, but keeping it up to par isn't cheap.

Officials say that enrollment is also down.

Steve Dickenson, the Superintendent of Glide schools, Told KPIC News about the drop in enrollment. "20 years ago there were 1,000 kids in the district, we're about 640 now," he said.

Now, the district is looking at closing the middle school altogether.

"If we can save money on infrastructure and put it toward instruction, then it helps us keep teachers and staff on for a longer period of time, and that's a good thing," said Dickenson.

So where will the students go? There are a few different options:

  • Move the 7th grade down to the elementary school and moving the 8th grade to the high school

  • Move both the 7th and 8th grade to the elementary school

  • Move both the 7th and 8th grades up to the high school

Either way, it's a decision officials say won't be easy. "It's really hard on parents and grandparents who grew up and look through that older building as part of the fabric of Glide," Dickenson said.

There are currently 110 students attending Glide Middle School right now.

The district plans to make a final decision by December or January.