A Springfield school board member says he will seek another vote on the decision to eliminate the Capital College Preparatory Academy.
Bill Looby says he believes the projected savings of the closure has been overestimated. The school board voted 4-3 earlier this month to close the school, which is housed in the Feitshans building, in order to save $1.7 million. But district financial officials say that roughly $400,000-500,000 of that savings will have to be spent to rehire teachers to accommodate the move of students into other middle schools.
Looby says that in light of the revised numbers, he wants the board to reconsider the closure at its next meeting. But board member Candace Mueller disputes the premise, saying she was aware of the real impact of the cuts when she cast her vote in support of closing CCPA. And there was no immediate indication that any of the four board members who supported the closure planned to change their vote.