usan Handlesman fills readers in on Woodstock School District 200 Facilities Committee recommendations:
D200 Facility Review Committee (physical building review)
Recommendations of our committee:
- Clay Academy
- Dean Street School
- Northwoods School
and consolidate those students into remaining elementary and middle school buildings.
Consolidate Woodstock North High School students into Woodstock High School, keep WNHS building open as a tech campus.
Close rented administration offices and sell additional building across the street housing administration offices, and move admin to WNHS or other school building.
These actions are expected to generate about $3 million annual savings, which is roughly 5% of current levy.
Furthermore, there will be around $6 million in capital savings, as Clay Academy, Dean Street, and Northwoods “need” roughly $2 million each in building improvements.
The recommendations are based upon the ongoing enrollment severely below enrollment capacity at many D200 schools.
When three new school buildings were built nine years ago, new enrollment capacity for 3,300 students was created.
There has been no growth in enrollment.
The recommended consolidations would remove 1,600 enrollment capacity out of that additional 3,300, leaving 1,700 capacity for enrollment growth.
Superintendent Michael Moan indicated that the school district projected no foreseeable future enrollment growth, rather that enrollment would decline.
He was asked what he thought should be done and he stated that he would not back recommendations which would harm students academically, and that these consolidations would not harm students academically.
He said something had to be done to lower property taxes.
Woodstock property tax rate is 4.6% of home’s fair market value.
The next meeting will be January 12th.
The recommendation of the facility review committee focusing on buildings will be presented to other two committees at that time.
There will then be discussion (arguments), and the consensus recommendation will be presented to the school board.
The board is expected to hold public hearings before reaching a decision.