The Southwestern School District has a plan in place to keep Shipman Elementary School open for the 2013-2014 school year. At a special meeting in January, the board decided to close the school as a cost-savings measure, but the board changed its mind by the following week and instructed the Superintendent to see if there was any way around taking that step. It now appears there is a plan to do so.
Superintendent Brad Skertich and his administrative team have come up with the idea of combining different grade levels in the same classroom.. He says any time you close a school, it's a drastic move.
This plan would put first and second graders together in a class at Brighton West, second and third graders in a class at Shipman Elementary, and fourth and fifth graders in another class at Shipman Elementary. The plan could save a total of more than $335,000 annually between staff reductions and transportation costs.