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District officials might opt to close Clay Academy art school, which is a smaller facility than the Dean school building. In that case, Clay Academy students would take up residence at the Dean facility, and the 336 students at Dean would disperse to one of District 200’s other elementary schools – likely either Westwood or Olson elementary. This is an option 63 percent of Facilities Review Committee members voted in favor of, according to district records.
If the district moves forward with the closure of Dean, it could mean job eliminations for the school's principal, custodian, secretary and nurse for a total saving of about $530,000, according to district documents. Principals in the district are under one-year contracts, district officials said.