Manual High School, home to super-debaters and Westword cover siblings Teague and Theron Harrison, could expand to include grades 6, 7 and 8. According to Education News Colorado, Denver Public Schools staffers are crafting a plan to grow the once-shuttered, now-reborn school -- and the school board could vote on it as early as this fall.
The plan aims to boost enrollment at Manual, with the first step coming this fall with a new principal -- the school's third in four years since it reopened in 2007. DPS staff hope that reconfiguring Manual's boundaries and "feeder pattern" -- the elementary and middle schools that "feed" into Manual -- will attract more students to the school. The expectation, as outlined in a report by the Near Northeast Network of Schools advisory group, is that students who attend middle school at Manual will stay for high school.
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For more details on DPS's plans for all of the city's neighborhoods, check out the staff's Regional Recommendations report presented to school board members last month.
At a meeting to vet principal candidates earlier this year, one participant summed up the thoughts of almost everyone with this simple statement: "We can't mess up again with Manual," she said. Here's hoping that the expansion plan ensures the school a healthy future.
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