Little Miami to reopen two elementary schools

MORROW, OH (FOX19) - The Little Miami Local School District Board of Education voted Tuesday night to move forward with a reconfiguration plan for the 2012-13 school year that would reopen two elementary schools.

Butlerville Elementary and Maineville Elementary schools closed after several failed levy attempts. A levy finally passed in November 2011 on the 9th try.

"Last fall, we promised to restore the cuts most valued by the community, including neighborhood elementary schools, with passage of the levy," said interim superintendent Greg Power.  "We intend to follow through."

The state Financial Planning and Supervision Commission, the governing body with the final say on decisions made by the district while in fiscal emergency, will vote on the plan at their meeting on Feb. 23.

Upon their approval, the district's building configuration beginning this fall will be:

    • Butlerville Elementary: All PK, K-2;
    • Maineville Elementary: K-2;
    • Salem Elementary: K-2, all 3-4;
    • Little Miami Intermediate: All 5-6;
    • Little Miami Junior High: All 7-8;
    • Little Miami High: All 9-12.

Based on the current building configuration and enrollment numbers, district officials say Little Miami Junior High would house 922 students in grades 5-7 next year in a school built for 800.

"Remaining in the current grade-level configuration means the return of classroom-based art, music, and band will be nearly impossible for students in these three grades," said Power. "Opening Butlerville and Maineville will ease overcrowding at the junior high and allow adequate classroom space for specials and future enrollment growth across the district."

Treasurer Terry Gonda said the millage of the November 2011 levy included money to support the reconfiguration plan. He estimates the cost to reopen the two schools, staff the buildings, and actually move will cost the district approximately $2.1 million, with $1.4 million coming from the general fund and $700,000 from the permanent improvement, construction, and food service funds.

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