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  • At the February 12, 2024 Board of Education meeting, a recommendation was presented to close six schools at the end of the 23-24 school year in an effort to cut a minimum of $16 million in Phase 2 budget reductions. The recommendation is pending final BOE approval on March 4, 2024. The six schools are:

    • Clark Elementary
    • Cleaveland Traditional College and Career Readiness Magnet Elementary 
    • Park Elementary
    • Payne Elementary
    • Hadley Middle School
    • Jardine STEM and Career Explorations Academy Magnet Middle School

    Read the February 12, 24 BOE presentation.

    Watch the February 12, 24 BOE presentation.

    There are many factors that were considered for this recommendation, including building FCI (Facility Condition Index) scores, utilization rate, enrollment, inability to keep up with system replacement and major repair needs, and more. 


    No current employee is expected to lose his or her employment with the result of this process. Our priority is to put people over places. 


    The recommendation to close schools solves some immediate needs including filling vacancies, focuses resources in fewer buildings, reduces the repairs and maintenance backlog, better utilizes remaining buildings and reduces expenditures to balance the budget. The recommendation also supports our long-term planning to envision what district facilities could be in the future, respond to community needs and support future-ready schools. 

  • KEY CALENDAR DATES

    • Week of Feb. 19 - Details regarding proposed school assignment options mailed to each impacted family.
    • Feb. 21, 5:30pm - Community listening session, Marshall Middle School (1510 N. Payne) - Focus on Hadley and Park
    • Feb. 22, 5:30pm - Community listening session, West High School (820 S. Osage) - Focus on Cleaveland and Payne
    • Feb. 26, 5:30pm - Community listening session, AMAC Administrative Center (903 S. Edgemoor) - Focus on Jardine and Clark
    • February 29, 6pm - Public Hearing on school closures at the AMAC Administrative Center (903 S. Edgemoor). All those who desire to address the BOE must register in advance with the Clerk of the Board, (316) 973-4553
    • March 4, 6pm - Board of Education vote on proposed school closure, North High School (1437 Rochester)
    • March 22 - Elementary and middle school magnet school application deadline

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  • PARENTS WITH QUESTIONS:

    1. Call Parent Support Center at (316) 368-8008 between 6am and 6pm Monday - Friday
    2. Email transform24@usd259.net
    3. Check out the Frequently Asked Questions section on this site

    STAFF WITH QUESTIONS:

    1. Contact your building's Human Resources Specialist directly, and that individual will work with you to get responses to your questions.
    2. Check out the Frequently Asked Questions section on this site