A New Beginning At Guyton Elementary

For the parents, staff, community supporters and alumni of Guyton Elementary, Monday July 18th, was the best day of the year.
That was when DPS CEO William F. Coleman, III announced that Guyton had won a reprieve and would remain open for the 2005-06 school year at a press conference on the school grounds. Those few words were music to the ears of the many Guyton supporters who had done everything they could think of to show that the school should remain open. Several factors figured into the decision to grant their request. Guyton is located in a part of the City that is experiencing population growth; the school’s MEAP scores exceed the State standards in several subjects and grades surpassing the three Charter schools in that area; and the fact that almost immediately after the initial announcement that Guyton would be closed, the school’s supporters not only presented their case for keeping it open to the District, they also presented a plan for attracting more students to the school. To remain open, the school enrollment must increase from the current 278 to 350 students by Count Day, September 28th. The 72 new students must come from outside of the District. Thereafter, the school enrollment must increase by 50 students each year until capacity is reached. To ‘seal the deal,’ community and DPS representatives signed an agreement outlining the goals and guidelines which Guyton supporters are confident they can attain.

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