Jefferson Elementary School, Green Bay.

Green Bay (Wis.) board votes to close an elementary

Oct. 29, 2019
Jefferson Elementary, with only 115 students, will close at the end of the school year.

The Green Bay (Wis.) school board has voted to close Jefferson Elementary School because of low enrollment.

Fox 11 News reports that after weeks of public discussion, the board voted 4 to 3 to consolidate the Jefferson and Fort Howard elementary schools.

Students now attending Jefferson will be assigned next year to Fort Howard.

“It is a moral and ethical responsibility to do this right,” says Laura McCoy, a school board member. “I feel like we can do that.”

At 115 students, Jefferson has the lowest enrollment of the district's 26 elementary schools. Fort Howard has enough empty classrooms to take on all of the students. The projected combined enrollment is 298 students.

The district says it will save at least $336,784 and as much as $500,000 consolidating the schools. 

The move will free up the Jefferson building to become a new west side hub for Head Start students.

Current and former Jefferson staff filled the board's meeting room for the vote. Their concerns about consolidation included transportation, the amount of student services, and a lack of transparency throughout the process.

“Jefferson staff members have felt some of the data being provided to them has been presented out of context to suit the district's effort in consolidating Jefferson with Fort Howard,” says Jennifer Woldt, a former Jefferson teacher.

Sponsored Recommendations

Providing solutions that help creativity, collaboration, and communication.

Discover why we’re a one-stop shop for all things education. See how ODP Business Solutions can help empower your students, school, and district to succeed by supporting healthier...

Building Futures: Transforming K–12 Learning Environments for Tomorrow's Leaders

Discover how ODP Business Solutions® Workspace Interiors partnered with a pioneering school system, overcoming supply chain challenges to furnish 18 new K–12 campuses across 4...

How to design flexible learning spaces that teachers love and use

Unlock the potential of flexible learning spaces with expert guidance from school districts and educational furniture providers. Discover how to seamlessly integrate adaptive ...

Blurring the Lines in Education Design: K–12 to Higher Ed to Corporate America

Discover the seamless integration of educational and corporate design principles, shaping tomorrow's leaders from kindergarten to boardroom. Explore innovative classroom layouts...