ShareThis Page
Tax Dollars

Mt. Pleasant considers closing Rumbaugh Elementary School

Jamie Martines
| Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017, 2:18 p.m.

Years of "difficult budgets and revenue limitations" have led the Mt. Pleasant Area School District to consider closing Rumbaugh Elementary School, Superintendent Timothy Gabauer said in a statement delivered at a public hearing on the topic this week.

"Building capacities throughout the district, along with the potential to combine resources enables us to consider this closure while improving the financial, academic, and social experience for our elementary students," Gabauer said in a statement to community members. "Rumbaugh has great potential to generate revenue for the district upon its closure in a variety of ways, including lease revenue or sale."

The district is considering several options that could involve redistricting elementary school boundaries, Gabauer said. All of those options would use "existing buildings with minimal or no physical alterations," he said.

The district operates a junior-senior high school, along with four elementary schools, including Rumbaugh.

Jamie Martines is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at, 724-850-2867 or on Twitter @Jamie_Martines.

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.

click me