Grassland School: K-9 school starting in 2020-21

Grassland School to operate as K-9 school starting in 2020-21
Posted on 04/09/2020

At a special meeting held Wednesday, April 8, 2020, the Board of Trustees of Aspen View Public Schools voted to close Grades 10-12 at Grassland School effective June 30, 2020. The result of this motion is that Grassland School will operate as a K-9 school, beginning in the 2020-21 school year. Boyle School will become the designated school for Grade 10-12 students residing in the Grassland School attendance area. After a detailed review of the information presented, including stakeholder feedback, followed by extensive discussion, the original Notice of Motion to close Grades 7-12 was defeated, and the new motion to close Grades 10-12 passed.

“Although the grade closure is less than was recommended in the Grassland School Viability Study and proposed in the original Notice of Motion, the Board of Trustees recognizes that any grade closure is a loss to the community,” Aspen View Public Schools Board of Trustees Chair Candyce Nikipelo commented. “The Board of Trustees believes its decision balances Aspen View’s commitment to provide the highest quality of student education possible with its obligation to act in a fiscally prudent manner, while still supporting rural community sustainability.

“Many trustees commented on the overwhelming community support demonstrated for Grassland School, and are confident that support will remain as it moves forward as a K-9 school,” Chair Nikipelo added.

“Over the coming weeks, Aspen View Public Schools will be working diligently to determine, to the greatest extent possible, busing scenarios, course offerings, student schedules, staff assignments and other considerations for the 2020-21 school year,” Aspen View Public Schools Superintendent Neil O’Shea said. “During this process, Aspen View Public Schools may reach out to school families to gather information and input. As well, we encourage families to contact us with any questions they may have, or to share information on their family’s intentions for the 2020-21 school year.

“We thank the Grassland School community for its participation throughout this difficult process, and look forward to working with all school families in the future,” Superintendent O’Shea added.

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