Booming suburban district plans to close its most diverse elementary school.

As Marien Fernández-Paris Razo prepared to send her daughter to kindergarten, she carefully researched schools in the St. Paul suburbs to find the best fit. Newport Elementary School jumped out at her.

Fernández-Paris noted the high test scores in math and reading. She read online reviews about how hard staff worked to support students. And because the school is so small—about 250 students—her daughter Jaslynn could easily form relationships with staff.

Jaslynn, now 6, has hypotonia, a condition that causes low muscle tone; for Jaslynn, that means physical disabilities and a speech delay. Fernández-Paris wanted a small school where Jaslynn could get personalized attention to help her speech, and where both English and Spanish would be embraced. The family moved to Newport to enroll Jaslynn in the school.

The choice has paid off. “It was everything it said on paper and more,” Fernández-Paris said. “My daughter has made such a change.”

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