Lutheran High School-Parker could see a lot of new students this fall. The Colorado Lutheran High School Association’s board of directors announced …
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Lutheran High School-Parker could see a lot of new students this
fall. The Colorado Lutheran High School Association’s board of
directors announced Feb. 2 that it will be reorganizing the
ministries of Denver Lutheran High School and Lutheran High
School-Parker into one school at the Parker location next academic
The consolidation of the two schools came after months of
discussion in order to meet financial challenges and to ensure the
long-term viability of the Colorado Lutheran High School
Association ministry. The board’s decision also was geared to make
the greatest use of the assets and resources available, while
addressing its financial situation in uncertain economic times,
said Juls Clausen, CLHSA chief executive officer.
“While it’s an extremely difficult decision, our board of
directors believes this is the path forward that provides the best
opportunity for the association to stabilize and move forward in
ministry,” he said.
Clausen said over the years the Denver campus was losing
enrollment, and since 2008, the Parker enrollment had been
stagnant, so from an economic perspective, to operate both schools
was not economically feasible. He said the board decided to
consolidate the two schools to be as financially strong as
Parker’s enrollment is about 180, but the building is designed
to hold 350 students, so Clausen said there is plenty of room for
new enrollment from students coming from Denver.
The staff at Lutheran-Parker could change. Clausen said all the
teachers at both schools are employees of the CLHSA not employees
of the individual schools. He said the board will be taking the
entire pool of association teachers and will be staffing the school
at the Parker location.
“In a sense the school will no longer be Lutheran High
School-Parker, it will be Lutheran High School, because we are
bringing the two schools together,” Clausen said. “They are not
separate entities. They are both ministries of the Colorado
Lutheran High School Association. We are not really closing one
school, we are bringing two schools together.”
Clausen said both staffs understand the importance of being able
to continue their ministry, but they are dealing with both sad and
“It’s a hard thing to hear, and it was hard for all of us,” he
said. “But the board knew the reality of the financial situation,
and we needed to do this to go forward successfully. And I think
everyone understands and has accepted that.”
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