At times the issue has been emotional, and even heated, but after months of discussion and planning, the Altus School Board will meet on Monday to finally decide if the grade schools in Altus will become Grade Centers. The meeting will be held in the conference room of the administrative center at 5 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 8.
Assistant Superintendent Roe Worbes and a Grade Centers Committee produced a review of pros and cons, as well as challenges to converting the current schools to grade centers. They presented their findings to the school board, and then heard input from parents at each of the school sites during community meetings. Items of concern from parents included transportation and busing, extended day care services, classroom sizes, special education programs and curriculum.
Superintendent Roger Hill and administrators gave very informative information on the districts revenue, enrollment, and possible changes. Hill also highlighted the reason for the need to switch to grade centers to include state funding cuts.
“If the conversion to grade centers occurs,” said Hill, “Altus Schools will have a lot of work to do. Most likely renaming the schools, and reassignments of school administration and counselors. Our school system, administration, support staff, and parents will need trust in each other to make a smooth transition for our students, and what is best for them.”
If the move to grade centers is approved the transition will be effective July 1, 2016.
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