Tuesday, May 21, 2013
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March 19, 2013
INDEPENDENCE -- Much work is needed in the wake of Central School District's decision to repurpose Henry Hill Elementary School.
First and foremost is drawing new boundaries for the district's three elementary schools next year. Leaders will also need to determine how to use Henry Hill as a community center.
Superintendent Buzz Brazeau said he's put together a committee of school principals and other stakeholders to handle redistricting. That process will start in early April.
"They'll define criteria, like proximity to schools, programs offered and trying to balance (enrollment among grade levels)," Brazeau said.
District leaders are also meeting with Henry Hill teachers to determine placement in other schools. While there will be some reductions to classified staff, there will be no teaching personnel cuts, Brazeau said.
"The intent is to do this in such a way that we can advise parents, students and teachers where they'll be next fall by mid-May," he said.
Brazeau said he wants parents, district officials and city leaders from Monmouth and Independence to identify how to use Henry Hill as a community center and what local needs it could meet.
Besides a community center, Central also plans to use the building as the district office.