The board reviewed the plan during its May 12 meeting and will vote on the consolidations at a specially called meeting on May 19. District officials said the proposal would save the district nearly $3.5 million during the upcoming fiscal year.
“I know something like this is never easy for the [board], the community and for students and staff, but I believe ... we'll come out on the other side with better results and outcomes for students," Director of Schools Adrienne Battle said at the meeting.
If the board approves the consolidation plan as presented, it will go into effect for the 2020-2021 academic year, according to district officials. Students would report to their new schools in August.
The school district is proposing the following consolidations:
- Consolidate Joelton Middle School into Haynes Middle School
- Consolidate Robert E. Lillard Elementary School into Alex Green Elementary School and Cumberland Elementary School
- Consolidate Buena Vista Elementary School consolidating into Jones Paideia Elementary School
- Close The Cohn Learning Center and allow students to do credit recovery in their zoned high schools
Additionally, tenured and non-tenured teachers with "positive evaluations" will be offered a new teaching assignment for the next academic year, according to the proposal.
MNPS will host virtual community meetings for each cluster on May 18 to share details of the plan with families.
Buena Vista Elementary School and Jones Paideia Elementary School
May 18 at 4 p.m.
Joelton Middle School and Haynes and Alex Green Elementary School and Cumberland Elementary School
May 18 at 5 p.m.
The Cohn Learning Center
May 18 at 6 p.m.