Decision on Beatrice Elementary Restructuring Set For Thursday

BEATRICE – The Beatrice School Board will hold a special meeting Thursday night, to act on an elementary grades restructuring proposal.

The board had the item on their agenda Monday night, for discussion.  But, Superintendent Pat Nauroth said one-third of the board could not be at the meeting.

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Board President Jon Zimmerman and Nancy Sedlacek were absent from Monday night’s meeting.  The Beatrice School Administration placed options before the board for consideration, that seek to equalize class sizes and prevent having to move students from one building to another, each year.  Some parents have favored putting off a decision for a year, to allow a new superintendent time to have input and to determine if other options are available.    Jason Alexander will take over for the retiring Pat Nauroth, July 1st.

This year, the district converted Cedar Elementary School into the Beatrice Community Preschool, leaving it with three elementary buildings…Stoddard, Lincoln and Paddock Lane.

During Monday night’s meeting, board members approved a new one-year lease of building space for the district’s Compass Program, an alternative learning program for high school students.  The program is located along the north side of U.S. Highway 136, just north of BHS.  The district leases space from Gage Commercial LLC.  The lease totals some $18,000 and is a reduction in price from the past year.

Wednesday night, the second of four community meetings on school facilities will be held at the Beatrice Middle School Library, starting at seven o’clock.

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