Update: Jefferson Elementary to close, become home of Head Start program

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TUESDAY 10/29/19 11:04 a.m.

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV) — Following a Green Bay School Board vote of 4 to 3 Monday night, Jefferson Elementary School will be closing.

Students attending Jefferson Elementary School will now attend Fort Howard Elementary.

Jefferson will be used as a Head Start program. According to one member of the board, the Green Bay Area Public School District has received grant money that will assist in transforming Jefferson to better fit the needs of the Head Start program.

Jefferson Elementary School students may be moving to Fort Howard

MONDAY 9/30/19 10:19 p.m.

After two years of declining enrollment, Jefferson Elementary School is on a tight rope. But before any decision is made, the district wants to make sure it covers all of its bases.

“It kind of hit like a stab to the heart,” said Missy Snyder, who has a child attending Jefferson Elementary and is an employee at the school.

Parents were first told about the possible closure of Jefferson about a week ago. And students would likely move over to Fort Howard Elementary.
But before that, the district is making a pitch for alternate solutions.

“This is really an information-gathering night to find out what are the concerns of parents, what are their ideas, what are they thinking?” said Brenda Warren, president of the Green Bay school board.

The consolidation would save the district about $500,000 yearly and Federal money would convert Jefferson into a ‘head start’ center, or preschool for three and four year olds, similar to the center on the city’s east side.

“The grant provided us with the ability to buy and refurbish the building,” said Warren. “And the program, itself, is funded by Federal dollars–‘head start’ dollars.”

There are 112 students at Jefferson and 88 of them live in the immediate neighborhood.

“They’re so used to the small-school setting,” said Snyder. “And Fort Howard is so large that it would be so hard for so many of the kids.”

The district will continue to evaluate the feedback it gets before moving any students around.

“Us as parents really don’t want that to happen,” she said. “We live right across the street, so I would love for my daughter to continue here and I’m not sure what I would do for a job and so it’s a lot of unanswered questions.”

The school board told Local 5 that there will be no layoffs.
And the next time we might see Jefferson talked about would be at the upcoming school board meeting on October 7th.

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