Elementary School Facility/Boundary Study Committee

At the June 12, 2012 Board of Education meeting, administration recommended the formation of an advisory committee to study the facility needs of Washington School. In addition to reviewing needs at Washington, the committee will also be asked to consider the possibility of Sheridan Elementary School becoming a full dual language school, A2 Charter School having two sites, the relocation of the Elementary School for the Arts and Academics (ESAA) and grade level structure.

Update: April 10, 2013

The Board of Education voted on April 9 to approve the original recommendation:

  • Close Washington School at the end of the 2012-2013 school year.
Starting in the 2013-14 school year:
  • Washington students will attend Grant Elementary or Jefferson Elementary.
  • Elementary School for the Arts and Academics (ESAA) will be relocated to Pigeon River Elementary School.
  • Students living in the southern non-connected Pigeon River ‘island’ attendance area will attend Cooper or James Madison Elementary.
  • To ease the transition, bussing will be provided for 2 years to the families affected by the Washington and Pigeon River boundary changes.

Update: April 4, 2013

The Board of Education held Community Information/Input Sessions the last two evenings (April 2 and April 3), where the SASD Executive Management Team (EMT) reviewed the recommendation made to the Board of Education regarding Washington School. The Board and EMT took questions and heard feedback on the recommendation.

On March 19, the EMT recommended to:

  • Close Washington School at the end of the 2012-2013 school year.
Starting in the 2013-14 school year:
  • Washington students will attend Grant Elementary or Jefferson Elementary.
  • Elementary School for the Arts and Academics (ESAA) will be relocated to Pigeon River Elementary School.
  • Students living in the southern non-connected Pigeon River ‘island’ attendance area will attend Cooper or James Madison Elementary.
  • To ease the transition, bussing will be provided for 2 years to the families affected by the Washington and Pigeon River boundary changes.

As SASD Administration read communications from parents and staff, it also become clear that “disrupting the least number of students” could be another criteria. The Executive Management Team in their initial recommendation did not use this criterion, but EMT has put together another proposal that could be considered, which involves less disruption of students.

Alternative Proposal:

  • Close Washington Elementary School
  • Washington students would attend Jefferson, Cooper and Pigeon River schools
  • Add classrooms to Cooper Elementary
  • Continue free after-school programming at Jefferson
  • Offer free after-school programming at Cooper, Pigeon River and two south side elementary schools (cost of approximately $50,000 per school per year, with the cost earmarked from the savings of closing Washington)
  • Elementary School for the Arts and Academics would remain at their current location and the Pigeon River ‘island’ would remain in the Pigeon River attendance area

Note: there was also a third proposal suggested by a Board member on April 2 to look at adding on to Grant School to accomodate Washington students and transfer SAGE funding. This is the last proposal on the slideshow and it was immediately rejected as too costly.

View the presentation from Wednesday April 3

The Executive Management Team (EMT) continues to support the initial recommendation as the best option.

The Board will take action on the recommendation at a Special Session meeting on Tuesday, April 9 at 6:00 p.m. in the North High School commons.

Update: April 3, 2013

At our Community Input Session last night, the SASD Superintendent provided an additional proposal for the Board of Education's consideration.

As SASD Administration read communications from parents and staff, it’s become clear that “disrupting the least number of students” could be another criteria.

This criteria was not used by the Executive Management Team in their initial recommendation, but EMT has put together another proposal that could be considered, which involves less disruption of students.

Alternative Proposal, using criteria of disrupting least amount of students:

  • Close Washington Elementary School
  • Washington students will attend Jefferson, Cooper and Pigeon River schools.
  • Add classrooms at Cooper Elementary School
  • Continue free after-school programming at Jefferson
  • Offer free after-school programming at Cooper, Pigeon River and 2 south side elementary schools ($50,000 per school per year, with the cost earmarked from the savings of closing Washington.)
  • Elementary School for the Arts and Academics (ESAA) will stay at current location, and there would be no change to the Pigeon River attendance area.

The Executive Management Team’s (EMT) original recommendation is still on the table, and EMT continues to support the initial recommendation as the best option.

Another Community Input Session will be held tonight at 6:00 p.m. at Urban Middle School.

Update: March 27 - added a few new FAQs.

Update: March 26, 2013

Just a clarification:

The recommendation from the Executive Management Team includes transportation for two years for the families affected by the boundary changes. If the recommendation is approved by the Board of Education, transportation would be provided to students living in the Washington attendance area to their new neighborhoold school of Grant or Jefferson. Transportation would also be provided to the families living in the southern non-connected portion of the Pigeon River attendance area to their new neighborhood schools of Cooper or James Madison.

Families who request a different school through the School Choice process would provide their own transportation.

Update: March 19, 2013

At a Special Session meeting of the Board of Education, the SASD Superintendent and Assistant Superintendents recommended the closure of Washington School at the end of the 2012-2013 school year. The recommendation is based on the space available in our existing schools, which will allow the SASD to continue to provide quality educational opportunities for all students, without replacing Washington School.

The recommendation is as follows:

Close Washington School at the end of the 2012-2013 school year.

Starting in the 2013-14 school year:

  • Washington students will attend Grant Elementary or Jefferson Elementary.
  • Elementary School for the Arts and Academics (ESAA) will be relocated to Pigeon River Elementary School.
  • Students living in the southern non-connected Pigeon River ‘island’ attendance area will attend Cooper or James Madison Elementary.
  • To ease the transition, bussing will be provided for 2 years to the families affected by the Washington and Pigeon River boundary changes.

View the presentation on the recommendation here. The presentation include the proposed new boundary maps.

If the recommendation is approved, families who are affected by the school closure and boundary changes will be offered a special extended window to apply for school choice through April 19.

Community Information/Input Sessions will be held on April 2 and April 3 at 6:00 p.m. at Urban Middle School to explain the recommendation and answer questions.

The Board of Education is scheduled to take action on the recommendation at a Special Session meeting on Tuesday, April 9 at 6:00 p.m. in the North High School commons.

More information will be mailed to families following the April 9 meeting.

Read through a list of Frequently Asked Questions.

Questions about the recommendation can be directed to the Superintendent's Office at 459-3512. Comments can be directed to the Board of Education by phone or email.

Update: March 14, 2013

A special session meeting of the Board of Education is planned for 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 19 at North High School in the commons. At this meeting, SASD Administration will present its recommendation for Washington School. There will be an opportunity for community input.

Update: March 1, 2013

Two additional proposals have been added to the handout (view entire handout). They were the final two proposals discussed, as a last effort to gain consensus among the group.

The committee did not provide a recommendation to the Board of Education, so all of the committee's research will be handed over to the SASD Superintendent and Assistant Superintendents to make the final decision, which is expected sometime in March.

(note: the PDF document did not have lines separating each proposal in pages 8-12 so those pages were replaced with scanned in copies showing the horizontal lines.)

Update: February 26, 2013

  • Review the handout presented to the Board of Education at the Special Session Meeting on February 25. At the meeting, the committee representatives explained the process and work of the committee, which is roughly outlined in the handout.

Update: February 25, 2013
The Board of Education held a special session on February 25 at Washington School to hear the final report from the Facility Study Committee. After reviewing a number of scenarios, the committee was unable to reach consensus on a recommendation for Washington school. Therefore, the Board of Education directed the Superintendent and the Executive Management Team to review the information compiled by the committee and provide a recommendation to the Board in March.

Rooj Neeg Tuav Kev Kawm Ntawv (Board of Education) tau muaj ib lub rooj sab laj tshwj xeeb tham rau thaum lub Ob Hlis hnub tim 25 nyob rau hauv Washington Tsev Kawm Ntawv es tau hnov txog cov xo kawg los ntawm Pawg Neeg Xyuas Txog Tej Chaw Siv (Facility Study Committee).  Tom qab tau xyuas txog ntau lub tswv yim, pawg neeg saib xyuas kuj tham tsis muaj kev pom zoo sib xws hais txog ib txoj kev taw qhia rau Washington Tsev Kawm Ntawv.  Li ntawd, Rooj Neeg Tuav Kev Kawm Ntawv thiaj hais kom tus Thawj Tswj Tsev Kawm Ntawv thiab Pab Pawg Neeg Tswj Kev Saib Xyuas (Executive Management Team) rov xyuas txog cov ntaub ntawv tau sau los ntawm pawg neeg siab xyuas thiab kom muab ib txoj kev taw qhia los nthuav rau Rooj Neeg Tuav Kev Kawm Ntawv rau thaum lub Peb Hlis ntuj. 

El Consejo Educativo llevo acabo una sesión especial el 25 de febrero en la Escuela Washington para escuchar el informe final del Comité de Estudio de las Instalaciones. Después de revisar una serie de posibilidades, el Comité no pudo llegar a un consenso sobre la recomendación para la escuela Washington. Por lo tanto, el Consejo Educativo dirigió al Superintendente y al Equipo de Administración Ejecutivo a examinar la información recopilada por el Comité y proporcionar una recomendación al Consejo en marzo.

Update: February 15, 2013

The Board of Education will hold a Special Session meeting on Monday, February 25 at Washington School for Comprehensive Literacy, located at 1238 Geele Ave. The agenda includes the Elementary Facility Committee Report to the Board of Education. There will also be an opportunity for community input.

Update: January 16, 2013

The Elementary Facilities Committee met Tuesday, January 15 to continue discussing the options. We focused on what the recommendation would be. There was a great deal of discussion, but we have not yet come to a decision. The committee will meet again on February 7.

Update: January 8, 2013

The committee met on Thursday, January 3. We completed evaluating the options using the agreed upon criteria. At the next meeting we will be formulating the recommendation that will go to the Board of Education.

Update: December 21, 2012

The Elementary Facility Committee met on December 18. We are continuing to evaluate all of the options using the agreed upon criteria from the committee. We hope to come to a recommendation in the next month.

Update: October 23, 2012

The committee met on Tuesday, October 16. We continue to explore scenarios around closure, remodeling and rebuilding. No decisions have been made. In reviewing the scenarios, the committee looks at pros and cons and will be evaluating them using agreed upon criteria. The committee will continue to provide monthly updates to the Board of Education. The timeline to have a recommendation to the Board on December, 2012, may need to be revised in order to allow for detailed reviews of all of the scenarios. Future updates will be posted on this site.

Pawg neeg ntawm rooj saib xyuas tau sib tham rau hnub Tuesday, Kaum Hli Ntuj tim 16. Peb kuj tseem nrhiav lwm txoj hau kev los yog lwm lub tswv yim xyuas txog  kev xaus, kho kom zoo thiab ua dua tsev kawm tshiab. Kuj tseem tsis tau txiav txim siab. Thaum xyuas txog cov tswv yim no, pawg neeg ntawv rooj saib xyuas yuav xyuas txog qhov phem qhov zoo thiab yuav siv cov qauv txiav txim uas twb tau pom zoo lawm los ntsuam xyuas txog tej no.  Pawg neeg ntawm rooj saib xyuas yuav muab xo txhua lub hli rau Rooj Tuav Kev Kawm Ntawv (Board of Education). Lub sij hawm tau npaj tseg tias yuav muab lus pom zoo rau pawg neeg ntawm Rooj Tuav Kev Kawm Ntawv rau thaum lub Kaum Ob Hlis, 2012,kuj yuav tau muab hloov kho dua es thiaj li muaj sij hawm los mus xyuas txog cov tswv yim no. Yog hloov dab tsi lawm no ces mam li muab sau rau qhov vej xaij no. 

El comité se reunió el martes, 16 de octubre. Continuamos explorando los escenarios alrededor del cierre, la remodelación y reconstrucción. No se han tomado decisiones. En la revisión de los escenarios, el comité examina los pros y los contras, y los evaluaremos utilizando los criterios acordados. El comité continuará proporcionando actualizaciones mensuales a la Junta Directiva. La línea de tiempo para tenerle una recomendación a la Junta Directiva para diciembre de 2012, tal vez se necesite repasar con el fin de permitir una revisión detallada de todos los escenarios. Las futuras actualizaciones se publicarán en este sitio.

Update: October 16, 2012

The committee met on Thursday, October 4. They discussed options and began looking at scenarios around the three focus areas - closure, renovation, rebuild. The committee will continue to meet and continue to focus on those issues.

Update: August 27, 2012

The committee has met three times and has brainstormed options to possibly consider. They are currently developing criteria to evaluate the options. A community meeting was held on Monday, August 13 for families, staff members and neighbors of Washington School. The committee is scheduled to share an update at the August 28 Board of Education meeting.

At the June 12, 2012 Board of Education meeting, administration recommended the formation of an advisory committee to study the facility needs of Washington School. In addition to reviewing needs at Washington, the committee will also be asked to consider the possibility of Sheridan Elementary School becoming a full dual language school, A2 Charter School having two sites, the relocation of the Elementary School for the Arts and Academics (ESAA) and grade level structure.

Regular updates will be posted on this page. Please check back for information soon.