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November 26, 2019
ISD 318 Elementary Schools to Open Fall 2020
Construction set to wrap up early August 2020

Even with a wet and chilly fall, construction on the new elementary schools and the remodeled Cohasset Elementary School are slated for opening in time for the 2020-2021 School Year. 

“We are very excited to be able to open the schools ahead of schedule,” said ISD 318 Superintendent Sean Martinson. “Moving forward in preparation for next school year allows our kids and staff to take advantage of updated learning spaces even sooner than anticipated.”

“Our construction is on budget and ahead of schedule. We have been meeting regularly to accomplish the necessary steps before opening and will have no problem meeting the new opening date,” said Martinson. The school district has put together a timeline of expected announcements prior to the new schools opening.

The School Boundaries committee will make a recommendation to the School Board in late December. Throughout the summer and fall of 2019, the district invited community members, parents, and staff to work with the Transportation Department and Administrators to make a recommendation for new school boundaries and potential bus routes to the School Board. Definitions and policies will be shared with parents in January. There will be an implementation period of two years, after which the Board will return to the public for feedback and suggestions.

Also in December, principals for the elementary schools will be announced. The School Board approved creating 12-month lead principals for both the Grand Rapids and Cohasset schools. Due to the large size of the Grand Rapids schools, they will also have 10-month assistant principals. The interview committee will include the Human Resources Director, Special Services Director, two principals, five teachers, and an elementary secretary. Information will be shared with families and staff as soon as the process is completed.
“We understand that parents will have many questions about what the change in opening dates means for their child,” said Martinson. “The School Board and Administration will be working diligently on providing answers in the coming months.” The district has prepared a list of anticipated questions and posted them under the Facility Plan tab.