Howland School District receives input on consolidation plan - 21 News Now, More Local News for Youngstown, Ohio -

Updated

Howland School District receives input on consolidation plan

Posted: Updated:

HOWLAND TOWNSHIP, Ohio - The Howland School District is reaching out to the community for input on a proposed consolidation plan that would close an elementary school.

Parents, teachers, administrators and staff packed Howland Middle school's cafeteria Monday evening to learn more about the district's proposed consolidation plan of elementary schools.

 "We know the power of teacher collaboration in having all the students of the same grade in one building," said superintendent John Sheets.

Under the proposed plan, the district would reduce the number of elementary schools from four to three. Students would go to certain schools based on their grade level, instead of the current format in which elementary students go to different schools based on where they live in the district.
 
Kindergarten and 1st graders would attend Springs Primary School, 2nd and 3rd graders would go to Glen Primary and 4th and 5th graders would attend Mines Intermediate School under the proposed plan.

The reconfiguration would put North Road Elementary out of service if it's approved. School Superintendent John Sheets says the district needs to find a way to utilize classroom space more efficiently.

Sheets says the move would save the district between $450,000 and $500,000 a year.

Howland consolidated once before in the 1980s. One parent spoke out saying it worked for her kids back then and was harder for the parents.

Some talked about the social benefits of students getting to know the other kids in their grade from the beginning instead of the way it is now. Currently students get to know the kids from the other elementary schools when they go to middle school.  

Parent Mike Ferguson is worried about possible staggered drop off and pick up times, a school no longer on that side of town where he lives and property values.

"And I think part of that concern is that once you remove that school, families are going to move away from that area," he said.

The positions eliminated would include a secretarial position, three custodian jobs and two cooks. Sheets said that an interim principal was hired so that position would be eliminated and the rest of the elementary principals would stay on.

Another parent and the superintendent both said that they do not want the building to become an eyesore if the plan is adopted.

"We do think that there's going to be some interest in using that building in some format in the future, whether it's by our district or some outside entity," said Sheets.

An architect said that North Road School was chosen because it's the oldest of the buildings and it has Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) challenges due to the multiple levels.

The board needs to make a decision by the end of February, the first of March.

Voters in the district have turned down levies three times in the past two years.


The district will be asking for input on the proposal from parents and members of the community at upcoming meetings:

Thursday, January 16th-Mines
Tuesday, January 21st-North Road
Tuesday, January 28th-Glen
Thursday, January 30th-Springs
 
All Meetings are from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.
 
Questions or comments can also be emailed to hwld.boardpresident@neomin.org or john.sheets@neomin.org
 

 

 

  • More From wfmj.comMore>>

  • $2M offered to Ohio farmers to help reduce algae

    $2M offered to Ohio farmers to help reduce algae

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 10:07 PM EDT2014-08-20 02:07:19 GMT
    TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) - The federal government is offering $2 million to Ohio farmers to help prevent farm runoff that contributes to potentially harmful algae blooms. Farmers in 20 counties in the western Lake Erie watershed can apply for some of the funds to plant cover crops to reduce nutrient runoff and erosion. The federal money, provided by the Natural Resources Conservation Service, is aimed at reducing future algae blooms. U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown and Toledo Rep. Marcy Kaptur announced th...More >>
    TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) - The federal government is offering $2 million to Ohio farmers to help prevent farm runoff that contributes to potentially harmful algae blooms. Farmers in 20 counties in the western Lake Erie watershed can apply for some of the funds to plant cover crops to reduce nutrient runoff and erosion. The federal money, provided by the Natural Resources Conservation Service, is aimed at reducing future algae blooms. U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown and Toledo Rep. Marcy Kaptur announced th...More >>
  • 5K-8K gallons of fuel oil spills into Ohio River

    5K-8K gallons of fuel oil spills into Ohio River

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 10:06 PM EDT2014-08-20 02:06:15 GMT
    CINCINNATI (AP) - An estimated 5,000 to 8,000 gallons of fuel oil spilled into the Ohio River, closing about a 15-mile section of the waterway southeast of Cincinnati. A Coast Guard spokeswoman says that the section of river was closed to river traffic Tuesday to enable cleanup and response. A Duke Energy spokeswoman says the spill from a Duke power plant in New Richmond, about 20 miles southeast of Cincinnati, happened late Monday night. Duke Energy spokeswoman Sally Thelen says the spill oc...More >>
    CINCINNATI (AP) - An estimated 5,000 to 8,000 gallons of fuel oil spilled into the Ohio River, closing about a 15-mile section of the waterway southeast of Cincinnati. A Coast Guard spokeswoman says that the section of river was closed to river traffic Tuesday to enable cleanup and response. A Duke Energy spokeswoman says the spill from a Duke power plant in New Richmond, about 20 miles southeast of Cincinnati, happened late Monday night. Duke Energy spokeswoman Sally Thelen says the spill oc...More >>
  • Couple stabbed at Ohio home; adult son charged

    Couple stabbed at Ohio home; adult son charged

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 10:03 PM EDT2014-08-20 02:03:06 GMT
    WESTLAKE, Ohio (AP) - A 22-year-old man suspected of stabbing his parents at their suburban Cleveland home has been charged with felonious assault. Westlake police said in a statement Tuesday that a 58-year-old man was flown to a Cleveland hospital with life-threatening injuries, and his 56-year-old wife was in stable condition. Police say authorities learned about the stabbings after a hang-up 911 call Monday night and a subsequent callback by a dispatcher. The couple's son was arrested wit...More >>
    WESTLAKE, Ohio (AP) - A 22-year-old man suspected of stabbing his parents at their suburban Cleveland home has been charged with felonious assault. Westlake police said in a statement Tuesday that a 58-year-old man was flown to a Cleveland hospital with life-threatening injuries, and his 56-year-old wife was in stable condition. Police say authorities learned about the stabbings after a hang-up 911 call Monday night and a subsequent callback by a dispatcher. The couple's son was arrested wit...More >>
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and WFMJ. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms