East Valley School District goes to preschool-6th grade for 2014-15




Posted on March 13, 2014 at 1:08 PM

SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash.-- The East Valley School District planned to make big changes to grade configurations for the 2014-2015 school year.

The district closed middle schools in 2011 and moved sixth grade through eighth grade back to the elementary schools.    

The district used East Valley Middle School for pre-school children and other purposes, then decided to once again change things up for Fall 2014.

East Valley School District Interim Superintendent, Tom Gresch, said the biggest concern the school board heard from parents is that they felt like it was very crowded in some of the schools.

“The public came to them in the last election and really stated clear that they were not happy with some of the aspects of K-8,” said Gresch.

Under the K-8 model, students at East Farms walked across a field to the formerly closed Mountain View Middle School for health, P.E and music classes.

In 2013, former superintendent John Glenwinkel told KREM 2 News that he felt one advantage of the K-8 model was students could have easy access to teachers from lower grades if they were falling behind.

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“Dr. Glenwinkel is correct on all of those points, there are positives and negatives to any type of structure you put together,” said Gresch.

Gresch said the school board has weighed their options and decided to restructure to a preschool through sixth grade configuration for the 2014 school year.

They planned to have seventh and eighth graders attend East Valley Middle School.

“I think we are going to have some good success with opening up a facility that folks want, and students have what they need there,” said Gresch.

Gresch said district groups were still determining how much the reconfiguration would cost.