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Realignment Feedback. Scope of the problem: The district is at our over capacity in three of its four elementary buildings. The board and administration visited all four elementary’s to review the options the board directed the administration to examine.

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Realignment feedback
Realignment Feedback

  • Scope of the problem: The district is at our over capacity in three of its four elementary buildings.

  • The board and administration visited all four elementary’s to review the options the board directed the administration to examine.

  • A meeting was also held at the high school, and a tour was provided to those in attendance.


Kindergarten center
Kindergarten Center

  • Good fit with Early Childhood programs at Brookside

  • Some teachers excited about concept

  • Concerned about Kindergarten students transportation- most would ride bus

  • Concerned about Kindergarten students transition to a new building in first grade

  • Concerned about ALC moving to high school


6 th grade center
6th Grade Center

  • Was previously a successful model

  • Most concur that 6th grade is a better fit away from elementary school

  • Good opportunity for kids to get to know each other from around the district

  • Concern about high needs special ed students

  • Concern about ALC programs moving back to the high school


6 th 8 th move
6th/8th move

  • 6th and 7th graders are a good fit together

  • 8th graders at the high school is a community concern- change- kids grow up too fast

  • Concern about lack of research in 8-12 environments

  • Some opportunities for advanced classes, and better alignment of music programs

  • Concern about what middle school sports programs would look like

  • Concern about drop off at the high school


Public ideas
Public Ideas

  • Move everything at Brookside to high school, and create a 6-7 middle school, 8-9 JH at SW, and 10-12 high school.

    • Extra transportation costs and special education costs and remodeling would be exceptionally expensive.

  • Move everything at Brookside to high school, create a special needs center

    • Federal legislation would not allow, extensive remodeling for various offices at the high school would be required.

  • Why have we not examined K2/ 3-6 buildings?

    • Cost $100,000 in annual transportation increase, no relief of pressure on full elementary buildings


Public ideas1
Public Ideas

  • Move special needs programs to Halverson or Hawthorne, relieving pressure on Lakeview and Sibley.

    • $9500 cost involved of moving “Time out room” to comply with state and federal standards.

    • Playground Equipment for special needs students replacement is $12,000, to place fence around, $8,000

    • Currently no vacant rooms in other elementary buildings


General comments
General Comments

  • We need to do a better job of educating our students so that they come off the need to improve list, and stop school transfers

  • It is evident the decision has been made, the district is just “going through the motions”

  • The buildings are not that full, we can wait this out. The district is demonstrating short-sited vision by doing this.


Next steps
Next Steps

  • Recommend Site Visits of following districts:

    • Austin K center

    • Owatonna- 6th grade center

    • Red Wing- 8-12 high school

    • Mankato East- 7-12 high school

    • Groups will report their findings back to the board on November 1st, and administration will seek a board decision on November 15th.