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SCHOOL CLOSINGS, CONSOLIDATIONS AND REORGANIZATIONS

 


When considering the matter of permanently closing, consolidating or reorganizing schools within the district, it is the intent and desire of the Board of Education to provide students with high quality academic opportunities in a supportive educational atmosphere, ensure maintenance and enhancement of program options, and accommodate demographic demands and financial constraints.


The Board may permanently or temporarily close, consolidate or reorganize a school for any reason including, but not limited to:

 

1.         Efficiency – Enrollment has declined or the space available at a school or schools in close proximity is not being used in the most efficient and cost-effective manner.

 

2.         Physical condition of building – The physical condition of the school building makes continued operation of the site cost-prohibitive or continued occupancy of the site unsafe or impractical.

 

3.         Adequacy of site – This includes location, access, surrounding development, traffic patterns and other environmental conditions.

 

4.         Alternative use of school facilities – The Board may close a school to use its facilities for other programmatic/educational purposes, for support services, to open a new school or to expand an existing school.

 

5.         Change in educational focus – The Board may determine that a school closure, consolidation or reorganization is necessary to address the educational needs of students such as by implementing new curricula or instructional programs.


Process for Determination of School Closings, Consolidations and Reorganizations

 

Before any facility is permanently closed, the Board will convene a hearing, or a series of hearings if appropriate, to elicit public comment regarding the proposed action. The superintendent or designee will develop procedures for the conduct of the public hearings. Before any school closing, consolidation or reorganization is proposed, the superintendent’s staff shall prepare an impact analysis setting forth:

 

1.         Possible alternatives to the proposed action, including maintenance of the status quo.

 

2.         The projected impact that each alternative would have on each school affected by such action, including reassignment of children.

 

3.         Enrollment data and in-depth demographic studies for the current school year and three-year enrollment projections for all schools affected by the proposed action.

 

4.         Alternate uses that could be made of the building.

 

5.         Transportation factors including numbers of children bused, time, distance and safety.

 

6.         Costs/Savings in the following areas:

 

            a.         Personnel

            b.         Plant operation

            c.         Transportation

            d.         Capital investment

            e.         Alternate use


After approval by the Board, the superintendent shall be responsible for the orderly closing, consolidation or reorganization of the school.


If the Board determines to close a school, it will first consider other uses that the school district might make of the building; then it will consider its sale.


The historic value of any building will also be considered by the Board. It may take special action to provide for a building's preservation.


Reassignment of Students from Closed, Consolidated or Reorganized Schools


When a school is permanently closed, the students will be reassigned to a school or schools with available space that can meet their educational needs. If a school closing requires that the attendance boundaries of any school receiving students be redrawn, they shall be redrawn in a manner that facilitates equitable and appropriate reassignment. Physical proximity to the school will also be considered.


Reassignment of Employees Assigned to Closed, Consolidated or Reorganized Schools


Teachers, administrators and other employees at schools permanently closed, consolidated or reorganized pursuant to this policy shall be reassigned by the superintendent in accordance with Board policy and law. If the closing, consolidation or reorganization requires the district to eliminate positions, those positions will be eliminated in accordance with Board policy and law.


Planning Commission Submission


The district will submit any building closing proposal to the planning commission that has adopted a city plan pursuant to Missouri law. If the commission does not approve the district’s proposal, the Board will meet to consider an override of the commission’s decision.


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Note:  The reader is encouraged to check the index located at the beginning of this section for other pertinent policies and to review administrative procedures and/or forms for related information.

 

Adopted:         05/08/2008

 

Revised:          06/11/2009

 

Cross Refs:     DN, Surplus School property

GCI, Professional Staff Assignments and Transfers

GCPA, Reduction in Professional Staff Work Force

GDI, Support Staff Assignments and Transfers

GDPD, Nonrenewal, Suspension and Termination of Support Staff Members

JCB, Intradistrict Transfers

 

MSIP Refs:     8.10

 

Legal Refs:     §§ 89.300 - .491, 168.124, 177.073, .091, RSMo.

School Dist. of Springfield R-12 v. City of Springfield, 174 S.W.3d 653 (Mo. Ct. App. S.D. 2005)


St. Charles R-VI School District, St. Charles, Missouri

 

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