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.