| Board approves pursuit of K-3 Classroom Size Reduction Grant|
Chief Operations Officer Rudy Fyles presented the directors with background information regarding State Senate Bill 6080. This bill offers a competitive grant designed to provide funding assistance from the state for the purpose of adding classrooms to help achieve class size objectives for the 2017-18 school year.
Fyles outlined the district's long-range plan which addresses the classroom locations, construction type, costs, and timeline. At the time of the meeting the state had not yet released the number of classrooms for which the district would be able to apply.
The plan is integrated into the 2015 School Bond proposal which was approved by voters in the November 3, 2015 General Election. As a result of this alignment, the district is better able to provide equitable distribution of classroom space district wide, thus achieving K-3 class size reduction across the district.
Additionally, the plan is integrated into regional elementary growth projections for the next twelve years as outlined in the work of the 2014 Joint Classroom Facilities Advisory Committee and Bond Advisory Committee.
In an effort to gather public comment on the application for this grant, the board held a public hearing during the school board meeting.