Students who attend the Renaissance School in Pleasant Prairie will continue to get bused to the Mount Pleasant campus under an agreement hammered out late last week.
Racine Unified spokesperson Stacy Tapp confirmed for Racine County Eye that the district will continue transport 44 fourth and fifth grade students to the Renaissance School on Taylor Avenue and that school officials will assume all liability and cost for taking that group to class at the Pleasant Prairie location.
“Mr. (Frank) Trecroci has signed an agreement stating that Renaissance will maintain insurance and accept responsibility for the safety of the students they are shuttling to Kenosha. As part of the agreement, Renaissance must also meet school bus safety guidelines,” she wrote in an email. “We are pleased that we were able to come to an agreement that allows us to meet the transportation needs of these families while ensuring student safety needs are also met.”
Trecroci is the founder of the Renaissance School.
RUSD alerted Renaissance officials that busing for the Pleasant Prairie students would cease at the end of February because the school was then transporting the children to Kenosha County.
The district offered $150 per affected family to help with transportation, but if Racine Unified had carried through with the decision, Renaissance representatives planned to file a complaint asking the court to force the district to continue bus service through the end of the year.
Friday’s agreement solves the issue through the end of the school year, and a public hearing in Sturtevant April 8 could eliminate the need for Renaissance to operate out of two locations. School officials – with the support of Sturtevant SportsPlex owner Fernand Bahena – are asking for Sturtevant trustees to rezone the SportsPlex so the Renaissance can consolidate there.
Before changing the building from an industrial to a commercial use – under which schools can be built and/or operate – there will be a statutorily required public hearing on April 9. The Sturtevant Planning Commission earlier this month set the date, and trustees confirmed it last week.