Students will no longer attend school year round at Janes Elementary and the 100-year-old Knapp Elementary is slated for demolition after the Racine Unified Board of Education voted on both measures Monday night.
With a vote of 6-3, board members approved the district calendar for the 2016-2017 school year, folding Janes into the list of elementary schools which effectively ends the 22-year-old year-round program there, a story in The Journal Times reads.
The reasons cited for the change included the lack of academic success and that neighborhood families send their children elsewhere, the story continues. Low attendance at information meetings about the potential schedule shift also had something to do with the “yes” vote.
Janes families who want their students to continue there even if they live outside the neighborhood can do so by utilizing the district’s internal choice program. Neighborhood families who currently open enroll their students at other district schools can continue at their school.
In other news, board members unanimously approved the demolition of Knapp Elementary this summer and awarded the contract to Dakota Intertek Corporation for $767,517.
A firm date hasn’t yet been chosen, but district spokesperson Stacy Tapp told the newspaper that planning for a community event is underway so Knapp families – past and present – can say goodbye to the 105-year-old building.
Construction of a new Knapp Elementary is well on its way to completion next door to the original school and will be ready for students this fall. The new building is part of the $128 million referendum approved by the RUSD community in 2014.