Exploring School Consolidation

On July 11, the Board of Education held a retreat to discuss Redesign 2020, an effort that continues the work begun in 2016 to address inequities in enrollment and facilities across the District. The Board of Education reviewed school capacities, enrollments and projections as well as the results of the Facilities Survey conducted in the Spring of 2019. Through a facilitated discussion, the Board of Education brainstormed around a series of potential solutions. The result of the discussion was an agreed upon list of ideas for District administration to further research and bring back the information to the Board in early fall.

Prior to the Facilities Survey being sent out last spring, the Board of Education discussed solutions they were willing to consider. Recognizing the under capacity at several west side schools, there was discussion regarding school consolidation. The Board was very clear that while they were willing to explore consolidation, there was no interest in closing a school, instead the building would need to be repurposed for other needs in the District. 

Jefferson Elementary was discussed as one school to consider consolidating with neighboring schools and to repurpose. On September 30 and October 1, parent meetings were held at Jefferson Elementary School to provide background, discuss enrollment numbers and provide an opportunity for parents to give feedback to the Board of Education. 

September 30 & October 1 Presentation

Please check back for more information: 

  • Parent feedback
  • Questions and Answers 
  • Next steps - October 7th Board of Education Meeting, 6 p.m., District office (220 S. Broadway, Room 331),  Board will discuss school consolidation

If you have comments you would like to provide to the Board of Education you can submit them using this form or contact Board members directly.

For more information about Redesign 2020 visit this webpage where you can find information including reports from the Facilities Task Force, the Boundary Task Force and the Facilities Master Plan.

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