With Monday’s Altus School Board decision to change the elementary schools in town to Grade Centers, elementary school principals held a meeting of their own Tuesday to start the conversion about the conversion.
Superintendent Roger Hill said the meetings gave preliminary staff assignments that included the placing of faculty, support staff, teachers, elected teachers and librarians. Each teacher also received their site assignments and student grade levels.
Assistant Superintendent Roe Worbes said after the placements were assigned, teachers could then request a different assignment if that is what they wanted to do. Worbes will now sort each request by date and time that the email requests were sent in. As of yesterday, six teachers have emailed requests to be reassigned.
In April, parents will receive a pre-bus enrollment form, and information about pre-enrolling their children. Each grade center will host a parent orientation night, and parents will receive an informative packet. The 2016-2017 school year calendar and other school information will be included.
Immediately following the last day of school, the National Honor Society and Student Council will volunteer to assist teachers with packing and other preparations to physically move to their new school sites. This helps students earn scholarship volunteer points. In mid-July a moving crew will transfer the heavier classroom furniture. Assistant Superintendent Worbes and new Related Services Director Jay Richeson are leading the physical move plan.
Formerly housed at Eugene Field Elementary School, Bulldog Academy will now relocate at the end of May to the four classrooms inside the Altus High School cafeteria building. Classrooms will be utilized for the day and night classes. When the Eugene Field building is closed, it will save the district $170,000.
Washington Elementary will be the next building closed saving an estimated $300,000. Although the school will be closed, the Altus High School dance team will use the gym for dance practice.
Worbes said he was very happy with the positive support and feedback from parents, teachers, administrators and the community. Richeson said, “From the start we experienced a few challenges, but the end result is positive and we are looking forward to Aug. 9, the first day of the new school year.”
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