The Reedsburg school board unanimously approved to reconfigure two of its elementary schools at the March 19 regular board meeting at the Districts Central Office.

Starting in the 2019-20 school year, Weside Elementary School and Pineview Elementary School will serve early childhood 4K and kindergarten through second grade. The new elementary school will serve grades third through fifth when the school opens in the 2019-20 school year.

Currently Pineview serve grades 4K through fifth grade and Westside serves grades 4K through third grade. Loganville and Ironton/LaValle Elementary Schools will continue to serve those in kindergarten through third grade.

District Administrator Tom Benson said the board “gave a consideration to a number of things” when deciding to reconfigure the schools, including creating a kindergarten center at Westside and serving the first and second graders at Pineview or continue to serve early childhood 4K first and second graders at each location.

Benson said the topic of a kindergarten center would possibly surface again in the future, especially if Loganville and Ironton/LaValle Elementary Schools were to close.

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“It probably makes more sense to give that a deeper consideration,” Benson said. “I think some of the arguments for a kindergarten center would be more compelling if when that day comes we’re not operating at an elementary school.”

In addition, the school board unanimously approved a developer’s agreement with the city and Courtyard Associates for areas outside of the 80 acre parcel of land for the new elementary school. The agreement will be further discussed with all parties before it is signed. The agreement includes cost allocation of $1.3 million to the school, $198,000 for Courtyards Associates and $418,062 to the city.

With the additional referendum projects, Business Manager Pat Ruddy said the district is continuing to work with ADCI in getting final design plans for building of the new transportation facility at Webb Middle School. The board is also working with its financial adviser to issue the second bond issue for the referendum debt which he said would take place at the special school board meeting May 2 or the regular school board meeting May 16.

Other business

The board unanimously approved to renew the 2018-19 CESA5 service contract. Estimated costs for the contract is $448,307.76.

Contact Erica Dynes at 608-393-5346 or on Twitter @EDynes_CapNews.

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