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Dry Creek Elementary School in Roseville may close

School board to vote on closure in February
By: Sena Christian, Staff Reporter
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The historic Dry Creek Elementary School in Roseville may close due to low enrollment and inadequate infrastructure, a decision the board of trustees is expected to vote on in February.

During tonight’s board meeting, district officials will present on the possible closure of the school, which opened in 1876 on P.F.E. Road, and the corresponding transition of Creekview Ranch Middle School into a kindergarten through 8th grade campus.

“I just heard about them possibly closing it today,” said parent Tatyna Marchenko as she walked her son home from school on Thursday afternoon. “It’s convenient since it only takes about 15 minutes to walk here.”

But Marchencko said she’s not too concerned as her two other children already go to different schools in Roseville.

All Dry Creek students would be relocated to Creekview Ranch beginning with the 2014-15 school year, according to a staff report.

Dry Creek Elementary School suffers from inadequate infrastructure, leased portables that constitute an ongoing expense, no multipurpose room and classrooms that aren’t energy efficient. Any new construction would require moving the district office, which is located behind the campus.

As residential growth has slowed over the past several years, the district has faced declining enrollment. In 2001, there were 1,706 building permits in the district’s boundaries and in 2012 that number dropped to nine. The district projects a loss of nearly 200 students from this year to next year due to stalled development and lack of young families moving into the area.

In 2004, the district saw 781 kindergarten students enrolled. That’s now at 672. The district currently has a total of 6,942 students at its 10 campuses. Dry Creek has the smallest student population at 484 pupils.

The board of trustees will vote on the closure during its meeting on Thursday, Feb. 7. District staff will present on the proposal at tonight’s meeting, which begins at 7 p.m. at 9707 Cook Riolo Road in Roseville. For more information, visit www.drycreek.k12.ca.us.

Philip Wood contributed to this report.