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The Boardman Board of EducationBoardman is considering a plan that could include closing Market St. Elementary and moving students to other buildings. 

Superintendent, Tim Saxton has released the following statement on Thursday:

The Boardman School Board is considering a realignment of the district that would close one of our four elementary schools at the end of this school year.  While it is a difficult decision to close a school, this is a proactive measure to provide the best possible education for our children in the most cost-efficient manner for our community and taxpayers.

Staff members have been briefed on the basic plan. Market Elementary would close in June.  While many details must still be worked out, the closure would include the following changes in the district:

Closing Market Street Elementary.

The remaining 3 elementary schools would become K-3 buildings.

(to make space for incoming Market students)

All 4th graders would move to Center Intermediate.  

(Center would become a 4-6 grade building)

“While most may believe cost savings is the driving force behind the recommendation--cost savings is not the only benefit, nor the greatest benefit,”  said Superintendent Tim Saxton. “Ultimately, we believe this move will help us provide greater educational services in a more efficient manner.”

A parent information meeting is planned for next Thursday, January 17, at Boardman High School’s Cafeteria at 6:30 p.m.  Superintendent Saxton has also added a video to the District’s new website further explaining the recommended plan. https://www.boardman.k12.oh.us/

The prospect of closing Market Elementary has been discussed in district-wide focus groups and strategic planning sessions that date back more than a decade.  The Board believes NOW is the time to move ahead with that plan. Formal action is expected at the January 28 Board of Education Meeting.

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