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Our community voted down a non-recurring operational referendum in April 2017. Here's what that means for changes to our district in the 17-18 school year:

1. Elementary Schools are restructured into Partner Schools
2. Course offerings will be reduced at the Middle & High School
3. Fees for facility reservation and athletic and co-curricular fees will be increased
4. Changes 1 & 2 will result in a reduction of instructional, custodial and support staff.

We're sure you probably have a lot of questions around what these changes will mean at your school. 
Please check out the FAQ below.

How will these changes impact class sizes?

These changes will increase class sizes at all levels.
Check out our fact sheet on current vs. proposed class sizes here.

What does the elementary restructuring look like?

Valley View: 3rd-5th grades
Shady Lane: 4K-2nd grades

Riverside: 3rd-5th grades
Ben Franklin: 4K-2nd grades
 
Elementary Open Houses for transitioning families
Riverside (3-5): Monday, May 22nd - 7 p.m. for incoming 3rd - 5th Gr  
Ben Franklin (4K-2): Tuesday, May 23rd - 6 p.m. for incoming  4K-2nd Gr. 
Valley View (3-5): Tuesday, May 30 - 6:30 p.m.
Shady Lane (4K-2): Tuesday, May 30 - 6:30 p.m.
 
Families and transitioning students are welcome to learn more about the new elementary configuration, meet with principals and tour their new schools!

How does this save the district (and our taxpayers) money?
By restructuring to partner schools the district is able to maximize class sizes without them being so large that they are unmanageable.
Here's what the change in class sizes looks like from last year to next.
By collapsing down grade levels into larger classes and less sections, the district saves money by reducing the workforce by approximately 10 staff. This is where the bulk of the savings comes in. 
Here's a more detailed look at how that impacts each school.


How will busing change for my child?

Start and end times for the elementary schools will not change. Here is how busing will work with the same start times at both partner schools:

All buses will run their neighborhood routes, stop at school 1, and then continue with students to school 2. In the afternoon, they will start at school 1, continue to school 2, then run the neighborhood routes. Siblings will be riding the same bus together.
Johnson Bus is working closely with the school district and principals to review pickup and
drop-off procedures at school to maximize efficiency and reduce transit time.

State law is 2 miles for transportation for the 2017-18 school year we will continue to bus at 1 mile for elementary students.These changes should not impact busing for middle or high school students.

Will non-mandated busing still be available?

Yes. As space allows. Parents can receive bussing for their child if they do not fit the requirements for standard busing. This comes at an additional out-of-pocket fee from the parent. Please contact district office to set up non-mandated busing. 

When are the classroom switches happening?

Moving classrooms will be conducted in two phases.
 
Phase 1: Movers will be at Shady Lane and Valley View beginning the week of June 12th.  We are estimating the move to take about 3 days. Construction will begin Monday, June 19th.

UPDATE:  You'll be seeing semi trailers in the parking lot which are being used for the move. As rooms get completed we will notify the specific teachers so our facilities staff can collaborate with them to put their classrooms back together.

Phase 2: Movers will be at Riverside and Ben Franklin Elementary after summer school ends, the week of July 31st.

When will I find out which teacher my elementary child has?

Parents will be given teacher assignments in paperwork sent to families during the summer prior to the back to school fairs; this is similar to years past.

Are start times changing?

Nope! All schools are starting and ending at the same times they did last year.

Are the PTOs at the elementary schools impacted by these changes?

Yes, however, changes to the PTOs are left up to those organizations to decide.

As of May 2017, Valley View & Shady Lane PTOs have decided to merge but have co-presidents at each building. Riverside & Ben Franklin have decided to coordinate events & meetings together but will have separate leadership teams.

What are the changes to the Athletic fee structure?

On May 22 the school board approved these fees for athletics:

High School Athletic Fees: $165 
Middle School Athletic Fees: $130

Financial Assistance is available for students that cannot afford athletic fees. Questions regarding this assistance can be directed to Athletic Director Ryan Anderson.

Does this change open enrollment?

No. Families with children that are already open enrolled into the district will remain the the district. There is still no new open enrollment for the 17-18 school year, not even for siblings of students already open enrolled into the district. Open enrollment is approved on a year-to-year basis, so we can only address the coming school year. 
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