East Valley School District reconsiders elementary school format

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by JENICA VILLAMOR & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on January 24, 2014 at 7:35 PM

Updated Friday, Jan 24 at 8:00 PM

SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. -- East Valley School District leaders are reconsidering its elementary school format of kindergarten through eighth grade. It may also bring back middle schools.

In 2011, EVSD leaders reconfigured elementary schools to hold kindergarten through 8th grades. The transition was completed this year. Board members and district leaders are now looking at the change because concerned parents asked them to consider it.

Mindy Stewart is so upset with the changes she transferred her 7th grade daughter out of the district.

“Our 7th grader begged us to move her out of the district because she could not focus,” said Stewart.

She said the schools do not have enough space to hold all the students and it is getting in the way of her daughter’s education.

District leaders said issues like Stewart’s have caused them to take a second look at the changes. Leaders made the change because research showed it would improve academics for students. School leaders have seen a difference but they do not know if it is because of the restructure.

District leaders are now soliciting public opinion about the change and are considering what changes should be made. This includes reverting to kindergarten through 5th grade and 6th grade through 8th grade or bringing back some middle schools and keeping some schools the way they are.

“We need to look at it and say what’s going to be best,” said East Valley School Board Chairman, Mike Novakovich.

District leaders do not know how much the changes could cost but hope to come up with an answer that benefits everyone.

The public is invited to share their opinion at the next board meeting on January 28 at 6:00 p.m. at the district office.

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