Reduce Operating Costs

Shrinking Our Footprint

Under the proposed plan, the district would off-line Western Row Elementary, which currently serves 1/3 of the district’s second graders and all of the district’s third graders. This is possible because the district’s enrollment has
stabilized.  We project future class sizes of 700 versus the Class of 2018’s 970 (our largest class.) In 2012, the district closed one of its elementary schools, Mason Heights, based on enrollment. That saved $700,000 in operating costs and eliminated additional costs that would be needed to maintain an aging building.

Closing Western Row will save approximately $500,000 a year in operating costs, and $14 million in capital investments that would be needed to bring Western Row up to OSFC standards.

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