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DENVER -- One elementary school will close and two others will undergo a huge restructuring after a vote by the Denver Public Schools board on Thursday night.

Parents from the schools pleaded to board members to keep the schools open. But Denver Public Schools said the schools failed standards outlined in the school performance compact and don't have the numbers to fill enrollment needs.

Each of the schools -- Gilpin Elementary School (2949 California St.), Greenlee Elementary School (1150 Lipan St.) and Amesse Elementary School (5440 Scranton St.) -- ranked in the bottom 5 percent of school ratings over multiple years, lacked growth on recent state tests and performed poorly during reviews.

Parents believe their children deserve more time in the schools they've spent years in.

“These kids are not numbers or scores. These kids are human beings that are learning skills, that are learning values," a parent said.

“There’s just simply not enough kids anymore in that neighborhood to support all the elementary schools that are there," Superintendent Tom Boasberg said. "So we want to make sure we give every kid in that neighborhood the best possible education.”

Officials decided to close Gilpin, while Greenlee and Amesse will undergo a restructuring to point them in a new direction.

Students attending Gilpin must find a new school for the 2017-18 school year.

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