Beatrice Public Schools Completing Parent, Staff Meetings on Elementary Restructuring

BEATRICE – Beatrice Public School officials are finishing a series of meetings with staff and parents regarding elementary school restructuring, including the possibility of transitioning to grade-level buildings.

This past year, Cedar Elementary became the Beatrice Community Preschool, and District 15 officials recently presented options for how grades will be handled at Stoddard, Lincoln and Paddock Lane.  Paddock Lane, where the district’s special education program is located, would likely remain a kindergarten through 5th grade building.

Elementary Principal Betty Replogle says meetings have been held on elementary restructuring at Lincoln, Stoddard and Paddock Lane.  One of the key issues of concern is where students would get on the bus to be taken to their elementary building.

:16                  “at one place”

Elementary Principal Kevin Janssen says if the district goes to grade level buildings, the busing hub would likely be located at Lincoln Elementary School, where kindergarten through second grades would be located.

Janssen says concern has been expressed from parents about splitting up siblings in different buildings.

:36                  “as well”

Two more meetings are coming up….one at Lincoln Elementary tonight at 6:30….and Thursday at Stoddard elementary, at 6:30 p.m.   A session may be held at the Beatrice Community Preschool, if needed, but no time has been set.

Janssen says the key component is doing what is best for kids in the elementary system.

:30                  “feel that way”

Replogle says the input given to administration by staff and parents has been helpful.  Superintendent Pat Nauroth says he’s appreciated how parents have been involved.

:23                  “different things”

Replogle pointed out that in the history of the district, seldom do parents volunteer to move their children to another elementary building.  Where possible, she says it makes more sense for staff to move rather than to move kids around.

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