- The Facilities Task Force Subcommittee presented its revised plan tonight to the community. The committee initially considered three plans, which were announced in the spring. After hearing feedback at 39 community meetings, those three plans were refined into one. Click here to view the presentation.
- The School Board will vote on the facilities plan at the meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, August 12 in the third-floor board room of the Administration Building, 501 7th St.
The Facilities Task Force has agreed to recommend a 10-year facilities plan to the School Board that includes building two new schools and 13 additions, and closing eight schools. The recommendation goes to the board for a first reading July 8 (click here to view presentation), with a board vote on Aug. 12.
The recommended plan would cost $250 million and is a revision of Plan C.
Plans have gone through several revisions based on community feedback. New schools would be built to consolidate Kishwaukee and Nelson into one building, and Thompson, White Swan and Cherry Valley into a second new building. Sites for the new buildings have not yet been announced. School zones would be drawn by an independent demographer.
The elementary footprint would shrink to 29 schools by closing eight schools: Cherry Valley Elementary; Dennis Early Childhood Center; King Elementary; Kishwaukee Elementary; Nelson Elementary; Thompson Elementary; Walker Elementary; and White Swan Elementary.
The committee has not recommended plans for the closed schools, but the budget for this plan includes the cost of demolition. A time frame also has not been settled for any school closures, consolidations or new construction. No changes would happen for the 2014-15 school year.
The Renaissance Gifted Academy would move to a campus in the city's northwest. The elementary gifted students would attend school in the Haight building (where Montessori's elementary programming is now housed) with Thurgood Marshall School housing the upper grade levels. The Montessori program (Pre-K through eighth grades) would move to Marsh Elementary School, where an addition would be built. Washington School, which today houses the elementary gifted program, would become a zone elementary school.
Under the task force recommendation, Lathrop Elementary School would remain open instead of becoming an Early Childhood Center. Instead, Beyer Elementary School would serve Early Childhood students. Nashold would also become an Early Childhood center. Other Early Childhood Centers in this plan are Summerdale and Fairview (current Pre-K centers).
The task force committee meets again at 7:30 a.m. July 2 at the Administration Building, 501 7th St.
The community is invited to a meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 22 in the third-floor board room of the Administration Building, 501 7th St. This meeting will be streamed live. Click here for the Channel 20 live stream. Administrators and representatives from the Facilities Task Force will be present to discuss the plan.