Community Forum Planning for the Future of the City’s Schools

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Thursday March 17, 2016

The South Burlington School Board is holding a community-wide meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday,  March 22,  in the high school auditorium to present detailed information on the options recommended last year by the Master Planning and Visioning Task Force. The 13 member volunteer committee, which included residents, educators, and business leaders, considered the future of South Burlington’s schools during an 8-month study and presented their final report and recommendations, along with a minority report, in June of 2015.

Since that time, the board has been assessing the options and educational opportunities, and hired White + Burke Investment Advisors to assist in the financial aspect of the evaluation on behalf of the district. The firm will provide an evaluation of financial feasibility, provide cost/benefit analysis, and address market viability.

The board and administration will share the evaluation and analysis of five school configuration options. These options include the status quo (keeping 3 elementary schools), keeping 3 elementary schools and upgrading the existing facilities at all schools, downsizing to 2 elementary schools (using 2 existing schools), 2 elementary schools (1 existing and 1 new build), and closing all 3 existing elementary schools and building 1 consolidated elementary school.

Mark your calendar for the March 22 Master Planning And Visioning Community Forum, and join the conversation about the future of the city’s schools.