Board Gets Report On Grade Configuration

Board Gets Report On Grade Configuration
Posted on 05/09/2019

A school district committee has researched to determine whether USD 457 should move from its current grade arrangement to a more streamlined configuration across all schools as part of a Board of Education goal.  The current grade structure in the district has eight of the elementary schools Kindergarten – 4th grade, three elementary schools Kindergarten – 6th grade, two intermediate centers housing 5th and 6th grades, and two middle schools with 7th and 8th grades. 

The committee considered local student, teacher and parent surveys and many districts’ structures and corresponding graduation rates, curriculum, social-emotional data and discipline data.  Based on a rubric of those factors, the K-5 and 6-8 grade configuration was found to be the most effective.

A change in configuration would not affect the number of staff or administrators in the district. There could be a need for a bond issue for investments into the alterations to school buildings for reconfiguring the schools to meet the new grade structure in the district. Necessary changes or costs wrapped up in a possible reconfiguration were not part of the committee’s task.  The board has not reached a decision regarding the components of a possible plan for the reconfiguration of the buildings.

The Administration will then form a new committee to provide details on the possibility of a reconfiguration. The final reconfiguration determination would not be made until after the second committee's research and presentation is completed.

You can view the segment on the Reconfiguration Committee Report at the Board of Education meeting at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pwsBgRcgAn0

The link to the PowerPoint presentation that was presented to the Board of Education can be viewed by clicking here or by going to https://www.gckschools.com/UserFiles/Servers/Server_54840/File/BOE/Reconfiguration%20Committee.pdf