Lone Rock Elementary Closure

A very important meeting that deals with the future landscape of the River Valley School District is set to take place Thursday night.

A letter sent to River Valley families, staff, and board members this week outlined a number of reconfigurations which – among other things – would lead to the closure of Lone Rock Elementary School. That letter can be viewed on the home page of the River Valley School District website. In it, District Administrator Tom Wermuth outlines the recommendation from the River Valley Administrative Team to move Pre-K through 3rd grade students at both Lone Rock Elementary and Plain Elementary to Spring Green Elementary School beginning in the fall of this year (2016). The proposal also includes moving 4th and 5th grade students at Lone Rock and Spring Green elementaries to Plain. The end result of the consolidation would be the closure of Lone Rock Elementary. Wermuth said the decision was a difficult one and was made after careful consideration.

Presently the River Valley School District faces a deficit of $288,000 for the 2016-17 school year. If the proposal that's been presented is adopted, the savings realized by staff reductions alone would be $409,000, with an additional $8,000 in estimated building cost savings. The plan also includes adding an Elementary Math Intervention professional at a cost of $62,000. That makes the net savings of $355,000. Tom Wermuth said an ultimate decision will be the result of a lot more give-and-take feedback – starting tomorrow (Thursday) night.

As for an ultimate decision, Wermuth said the board could scrap the proposal as early as tomorrow (Thursday) night; but he expects it will last no later than later this spring.

The proposal will be a significant part of River Valley's Budget Committee meeting tomorrow (Thurs) night at 6:00 PM in the Middle School Library. The regularly scheduled Board of Education meeting to follow at 7:00 PM. Both meetings are open to the public and the opportunity for input is welcome.