October 16, 2017

School board approves restructuring plan

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STANDISH — A plan to restructure the Standish-Sterling school district, which will result in the closure of Standish Elementary, was approved unanimously by the Standish-Sterling Board of Education Feb. 13.

Along with closing Standish Elementary, the plan calls for moving all students in first through sixth grades to the current Standish-Sterling Middle School. Seventh- through 12th-grade students will attend classes in the current high school building.

Sterling Elementary will remain open in the restructuring plan and house preschool, Young 5s and kindergarten students.

A motion to consolidate the district from four buildings down to three was made during the school board’s December meeting, but failed with three yes votes and four no votes. In January, a committee was appointed to further explore consolidation. During the Feb. 13 meeting, Superintendent Darren Kroczaleski said during the committee’s meetings, several questions about restructuring were answered.

“We had two committee meetings, like I said, to answer some very good questions and look into different aspects,” he said.

Restructuring is expected to save more than $300,000. Costs to prepare the buildings for consolidation are anticipated to be around $122,500.

The district began discussing consolidation last summer due to declining enrollment.

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