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2010-2011 Facilities Advisory Committee

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At a special Board Meeting on March 8, 2011, the Springfield School Board voted to adopt the citizen-led Facilities Advisory Committee’s recommendations for closure or consolidation of several schools.


This decision was made after much deliberation, analysis of multiple options, and consideration of the hundreds of comments received from students, staff, parents and other community members.


The Board concluded that these measures were necessary to respond to our changing student enrollment patterns, address our aging facilities, respond to current budget concerns, and better position the district to target its limited financial resources to best serve our nearly 11,000 students.

 

The key points of this vote were as follows:

 

  • Springfield Middle School was to close at the end of the 2010-2011 school year, and over the course of the following school year, would be retrofitted to accommodate elementary students.
  • Moffitt Elementary and Brattain Elementary would close at the end of the 2011-2012 school year, and all students would transfer to a new elementary school in the former Springfield Middle School building.
  • The Board agreed that the three other schools recommended for closure—Camp Creek Elementary, Goshen School, and Mohawk Elementary—should also be closed at the end of the 2011-2012 school year.
  • Walterville students in grades 6-8 would transfer to Thurston Middle School and Walterville would become a K-5 school.

 

High School Boundaries: As previously announced, the Board chose to defer discussion about high school boundary changes that would create “clean feeders” from middle schools; that is, instead of middle schools sending students to either Springfield or Thurston High, depending on address, two middle schools would feed all students to Springfield and the other two would feed to Thurston. Click here to read the recommendation as included in the report.

 

New School Assignments: On the middle and elementary school levels, boundaries have been redrawn so that students at the closing schools have been assigned to other schools. Click here for a chart showing students’ new schools.

Transition: District staff would create transition teams at the district and school levels to work out plans of action in each situation to help give the students a sense of closure at their old school and feeling of welcome at the new school. Parents and students would have many opportunities to provide input and ideas. Click here to read more about transition planning.

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