Bernard Community Wants School to Stay Open

BERNARD, Iowa (AP) – Residents of the tiny Dubuque County town of Bernard are asking officials to keep the community’s school open – despite declining enrollment and higher per-student costs.

The Telegraph Herald reports about 50 people attended the Western Dubuque Community School Board’s meeting Monday night.

The district say it costs about $14,000 per student to keep Bernard Elementary in operation, while it costs about $7,000 per student at the district’s other elementary schools.

The school currently has 31 students enrolled in pre-kindergarten, first grade and third grade. Several residents say the school’s enrollment would be higher if the district hadn’t moved the kindergarten and second grade students to Cascade Elementary School.

Superintendent Rick Colpitts says the students were moved because their class sizes would’ve been too small at Bernard.

No decision was made at Monday’s meeting.