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Alpha High School scheduled for closure this spring

Tiny alternative Alpha High School in Gresham will close at the end of this school year because of an expected sharp drop in enrollment next year, the Multnomah Education Service District announced.

The school, which has 100 students, is expecting an 80 percent drop in enrollment. The Gresham-Barlow School District sends those 80 students to Alpha, and Gresham-Barlow recently told the MESD they will no longer be sending students to Alpha, Laura Conroy, spokeswoman for the MESD said.

“The building is being closed and we are in conversations with our districts on how the rest of these students will be served,” Conroy said. The school is at 876 N.E. Eighth St.

The eight school districts in the MESD include Centennial, David Douglas and Portland.

“The (Alpha) program is being resized,” she said.

The drop in students from Gresham-Barlow is due to “their efforts to mitigate expulsions and provide services in their own buildings,” Conroy said.

Neither Gresham-Barlow or Alpha administrators immediately returned calls for comment.

Alpha will remain open until the end of the year, with education-as-usual, the MESD announcement said. Graduation will be held June 4 at Mt. Hood Community College as scheduled.


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