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UPDATE: Oshkosh School Board approves four-phase plan to consolidate, reshuffle district

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FRIDAY 2/28/2020 1:51 p.m.

OSHKOSH, Wis. (WFRV) – The Oshkosh Area School District School Board has approved a four-phase plan to consolidate and update its school with a four-phase plan they were considering earlier this week.

The plan to consolidate and update a number of schools in the district would require voter-approved capital funding spread out over the coming decades. According to the School Board, the plan would result in the district reducing the number of schools from 20 to 14 to maximize their use and efficiency.

According to district officials, the first phase of the plan would include replacing Merrill Middle School with a new school with greater capacity to serve both Webster and Merrill middle school students. Webster Elementary School would also be replaced with a new school of greater capacity to serve both Webster and Washington elementary school students. Both Merrill and Washington elementary schools would close. Students at Merrill would move to Emmeline Cook, Read, Oaklawn, and the new elementary school based on boundary changes.

The school board adds that in phase two, South Park Middle School would be replaced or remodeled with a new school of greater capacity for more students. Various elementary schools would also be remodeled to modernize learning spaces and increase capacity for additional students. Perry Tipler Middle School and Shapiro STEM Academy would be repurposed during this phase as well. Roosevelt Elementary, Perry Tipler Middle, and Shapiro STEM would then close.

In phase three, Oshkosh West High School would be replaced or renovated. In the final phase, Oshkosh North High School would be replaced or renovated.

“An investment in our schools is an investment in our future,” says Dr. Vickie Cartwright, Superintendent of the Oshkosh School District. “Research shows that home values are tied to quality schools, and our businesses rely on quality schools – both to provide them with qualified workers and to attract families to our community. We are excited to continue building community through education by working together to support our schools.”

For more information about the planning process and recommendations, visit the Oshkosh Area School District’s website. District leaders will begin holding community meetings to share plans and respond to questions in the coming months.

Original Story: Oshkosh School Board considering the consolidation of schools, reshuffling of district

THURSDAY 2/28/2020 8:26 a.m.

OSHKOSH, Wis. (WFRV) – The Oshkosh School Board is considering condensing some of its schools and reshuffling some of the district. The notion is part of a multi-phased approach to changing the school district.

Phase one would be taking five current schools and replacing them with a new middle school and elementary school. The affected schools are said to be Merrill Middle and Elementary, Webster Middle and Elementary, and Washington Elementary.

“Currently, the Oshkosh Area School District has 20 schools, so one of the recommendations was how to consolidate down from 20 schools to 14 schools,” says Dr. Vickie Cartwright, Superintendent of the Oshkosh School District.

Phase two includes replacement and remodeling of South Park Middle School with a new school and the third phase we see the renovation and replacement of Oshkosh West and North High Schools.

For more on the Oshkosh School District, visit their website.

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