As the Winona Area Public School (WAPS) Board mulls a recommendation that could increase current class size targets by two, redrawing elementary attendance boundaries to fill classrooms at Rollingstone Elementary seems to be on the horizon. Again.
Despite unique offerings at Rollingstone, from a community garden and small class sizes to the recent implementation of student iPads, the district has still had trouble maintaining enrollment numbers at the location.
Less than a year ago, District 261 unanimously voted in favor of a preliminary plan that sought to ask 45 elementary students to move to Rollingstone Elementary. However, parents spoke out against the plan at two public hearings, sending the district back to the drawing board. In the end, the 45 students were not moved to the rural school.
On Thursday, WAPS Superintendent Scott Hannon reiterated the proposed plan to increase all class size targets by two, which is estimated to save the district nearly $110,000 a year.
“Based on enrollment projections, it could require a change in boundaries, specifically at Rollingstone,” Hannon said.
“We want to make sure we stabilize enrollment numbers, particularly at Rollingstone,” he said.
At the next meeting, WAPS board members will re-examine all the proposed budget cuts, and is expected to make a final determination later this month.