The Southwestern School District Board has approved a restructuring plan that will create attendance centers for the mostly rural district in southern Macoupin County starting this fall. The so-called Option 1 was approved which will mean Brighton, Shipman and Medora will still have a school, but each will house a Pre-K program and then certain grade levels.
In a previous interview with The Big Z, Southwestern School District Superintendent Brad Skertich says several factors have gone into the new plan:
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Under the approved plan, Brighton North will house Kindergarten, first and second grade students, Shipman will hold the third and fourth graders, and Medora the fifth and 6th grades, while each building will also have a Pre-K program. Brighton West will be the district office. The district transportation plan will also be updated to accommodate the changes, which will mean about 15 more minutes on the bus for students before and after school. The district has seen a decline of more than 130 students since 2011 and a loss of more than $2.3 million in state aid which prompted the changes.