Mead SD to close alternative school, Riverpoint Academy to address budget gap

Mead SD to close alternative school, Riverpoint Academy to address budget gap

The Mead School Board approved program reductions on Tuesday that will reduce expenditures by $11.3 million.

Those program reductions will include the closing of both M.E.A.D. and Riverpoint Academy, said Mead School District president Carmen Green in a statement. The decision was made in order to address the nearly $12 million budget gap that the district announced last month.

“As a board we understand the value and positive impact both programs have had, and currently have, on students,” said Green. “Our decision is strictly based on the need to address a nearly $12 million budget shortfall while still being able to deliver quality instruction to all.”

The board is in the process of establishing a community Task Force that will help explore options on how to best serve students in the future.

Counselors will begin talking individually with each student on Wednesday to help them figure out how to transition to Mead High, Mt. Spokane, Five Mile Prairie or another option that fits their circumstance.

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