Possible changes to elementary school boundaries within the Washington School District will be discussed by the school board Wednesday night.
Superintendent Dr. Lori VanLeer and administraters have been working with First Student, the district’s bus provider, to study changes.
The school board will hold its regular monthly meeting Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Locust Street administration building.
The board is considering whether to expand Washington West Elementary and then close Fifth Street Elementary. As part of that planning, the board will look at boundary changes not only impacting those two schools, but others as well.
The district has eight elementary schools — Augusta and Marthasville north of the Missouri River; Labadie, east of Washington; South Point, Fifth Street and Washington, all in the city limits; Clearview, south of Washington; and Campbellton, west of Washington.
The district has discussed retiring Fifth Street and South Point due to the high cost to renovate and make HVAC improvements. South Point also is located in a floodplain.
If voters had approved a $40 million bond issue with a 25-cent tax rate increase last April, the district planned to close both schools and build a new middle school, serving sixth through eighth grades, on land it owns off Highway 100 East.
While the tax rate increase failed, a $9 million bond issue which did not require a tax rate increase issue passed in that same election allowing the district to add classrooms at Marthasville Elementary, complete HVAC renovations at Augusta Elementary, upgrade to wireless technology in all buildings and build a new Early Learning Center currently under construction at the Washington West campus.
With savings from those projects, the district is now considering an 11-classroom addition at Washington West, located off West Highway 100.
The board could take action on going out for bids for the addition Wednesday night.
At last month’s meeting, VanLeer said the district had begun a demographics study of the student population in each school attendance area to analyze where adjustments need to be made.
Other items on Wednesday’s agenda include a report from Special Services Director Dr. Rachael Franssen, who will provide an overview of tiered instruction. There also will be a program evaluation on special eduation.
The board will recognize Amy Dewert, early childhood special education teacher, who has been asked to present at the upcoming Summer Institute regarding the work she, Maria Brady-Smith, Elizabeth Mades and Erin DeClue have done with Positive Behavioral Supports (PBS).
When the Washington School District embarked on PBS at this level, very few schools were considering PBS implementation specific to early childhood education. Dewert will lead training for others.
CFO Shelley Kinder will give her monthly financial update and present budget revisions for the board to approve.
The board also will be asked to approve furniture bids for the new Early Learning Center.