Board Votes to Combine Jefferson and Fort Howard
Board Votes to Combine Jefferson Elementary and Fort Howard Elementary Schools
Posted on 10/31/2019
ConsolidationThe Green Bay Area Public School District’s Board of Education voted to approve the consolidation of Jefferson Elementary School with Fort Howard Elementary School. Starting with the 2020-21 school year, students who live in the Jefferson attendance area will attend Fort Howard Elementary School for 5K-5th grades.

The consolidation addresses declining enrollment at the two west side schools, and results in the District capturing financial resources that can be reinvested for student needs in the District. The District will be repurposing Jefferson School to be the westside Head Start Learning Center. This past spring, the District received a $2.9 million grant, which provides funds for renovating an existing facility, and supports staffing and operation costs to expand all day 4-year-old Head Start to the west side of the school district.

District and school administration will begin the work of organizing a community transition team, composed of school leadership, parents, community stakeholders, and partners, who will have the opportunity to provide feedback on important decisions. The team’s charge is to build partnerships with key stakeholders, engage the larger community, connect resources; and help ensure a seamless transition for students, parents and staff.

For questions and answers leading up to the vote, please click on this link

Jefferson/Fort Howard Consolidation Update

Efforts are underway to ensure a smooth transition for Jefferson Elementary students, staff and families to Fort Howard Elementary. Principals from Jefferson and Fort Howard have developed an outline of various opportunities to connect the staff, students and families throughout the school year.

Human Resources is developing a plan to determine how to support staff during the transition. 

Communication plans are being developed to ensure Jefferson Elementary parents are aware of the intra-district transfer window and DPI’s open enrollment window, should they wish to choose another school for their child(ren).

Facilities will be working with principals to develop a plan to ensure learning spaces are ready for students in September 2020. Technology is working in coordination with the Facilities Department to make sure the technology needs for both staff and students are met.
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