“Together, teaching and learning for life to achieve excellence.”
After seeking input from our staff, our community, and building experts, the School Board has made the decision to pursue two new elementary buildings to replace our current ones. On May 4th, the Board voted in favor of two new K-5 elementary schools.
The discussion about our facilities is not new one. During the 2010-2011 School Year, the District recognized that our elementary buildings were inadequate. We could no longer provide the best education for our kids. We were facing significant maintenance issues, crowded classrooms and buildings, and could not implement changes in education due to building limitations.
The School Board made the decision regarding grade configuration based upon feedback gathered from staff, parents and the community. Since 2010, we have hosted Listening Sessions and community meetings, surveyed staff and community members, researched educational best practices, and examined facility and maintenance needs across the district with the help of experts.
A K-5 school:
Can be more convenient for families for parental involvement, PTC participation, and parent volunteers.
Allows for consistent communication with families with children at one campus.
Allows for less transition between schools.
Allows for more longevity between staff, student, and parent relationships.
Allows for more opportunities for interaction between grade groups, including tutoring.
Avoids scheduling overlaps in family involvement from campus to campus
Allows older students to model behaviors and mentor younger kids.
Provides additional opportunities to create cross-grade level grouping of students for instruction.
Right now, amazing things are happening in our schools, but some things are holding us back.
It has become clear that the solution to our elementary schools being educationally adequate involves much more than the Johnson Controls analysis of structural needs and repair. While those maintenance needs continue to exist (and expand), a new light has been shining on the educational programming needs of our schools and how our children deserve schools which support current and future needs.
Community input with the Johnson Controls study and the research done by elementary principals has given us a framework to start with.
We know that:
Children need schools that promote accessibility.
Children need school buildings that are adaptable to change.
Children need schools that are designed for collaborative, 21st Century learning.
Children need schools containing collaborative, multi-use space within and without.
Children need schools that support an environment inspiring learning and promoting interaction.
Children need schools that are designed for safety and security, yet remain an “open” facility.
Children and parents need family resource areas within schools.
Schools are used by the community beyond the school day.
Welcoming schools have an open environment, with lots of windows and natural light.
We need to explore facility needs together, and we want your input about where the District is headed. Parents, families, and community members are welcome to join our Citizen Advocacy Group. Additional community insight will also be sought. Follow us on Facebook for the latest updates.
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