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Elmbrook School Board Supports Parents' Redistricting Ideas

The School Board favored a new plan urged by many parents at forums last week that eliminates Dixon as a swing school.

Redistricting at a forum last week were backed Tuesday by a majority of the Elmbrook School Board, to the delight of parents in the audience.

"Thank you, thank you, thank you!" one mother said.

The board plans to vote at its Nov. 22 meeting. But Tuesday, the majority said they could support an alternative scenario dubbed 4B in the board's packet, which would:

  • Keep all Hillside Elementary School students together, moving them en masse to next fall after Hillside closes.
  • Move Brookfield Elementary students in census tracts 113 and 144 to , not , to have more peers moving with them to the same middle and high schools. Move Brookfield Elementary students in tract 112 to . Fourth-graders at Brookfield Elementary likely would be allowed to stay at their school rather than moving to Swanson for just one year.
  • Resolve a longstanding problem with tract 146 by moving those Dixon students to Swanson, again to be with more peers moving to and .
  • Essentially eliminate Dixon as a swing school, in which some students would move on to middle and high school on the east side of the district and other students would move on to west side. That would mean the west side would have two elementaries feeding into the middle and high schools (Swanson and Brookfield), and the east side would have three feeders (, Dixon and ).

Dividing the five-schools into two west side, three east side could result in Dixon's enrollment declining to unacceptable levels. Some board members said Tuesday that if Elmbrook decided to add 4-year-old kindergarten, it is possible 4K classes could be consolidated at Dixon, rather than be held in all schools.

Dividing Non-Resident Students

The board will take a closer look before the Nov. 22 vote at where non-resident students would be placed and whether tract 146 would prefer to stay at Dixon or move to Swanson.

Hillside's non-resident students (those who enroll though open enrollment and Chapter 220 programs) are slated to move to Burleigh Elementary. Brookfield Elementary will have no non-resident students after its non-resident students move to Dixon. Dixon's non-resident students would then move on to Wisconsin Hills Middle and Brookfield Central.

Non-residents students at the other four elementary schools will not move.

Board member Meg Wartman urged that as best as possible, non-resident students at Hillside and Brookfield elementaries be moved together to stay with friends.

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Lynne Thomas November 09, 2011 at 06:23 AM
First thoughts: Doesn't seem fair that Brook El will have no non-residents. Plan actually worsens underutilization of Dixon (watch your backs, Tonawanda). Idea to lump all 4K at Dixon will be inconvenient for parents with older kids at other schools
Ann Marie Rosenbecker November 09, 2011 at 06:27 AM
A big thanks to Meg Wartman for her comments to keep the non-resident students together with their respective elementary school classmates as much as possible.
m24 November 09, 2011 at 01:43 PM
It just seems crazy. They will be taking resident students out of the most underutilized school. Dixon next year will have fewer resident students than Hillside does this year. And the number of resident student was the main criteria they used to decide which school to close.
Michelle November 09, 2011 at 09:21 PM
Sounds like a total set up to close tonawanda next and move them in mass to Dixon. Why else would Dixon have so few kids next year??
Kirsten Lee November 10, 2011 at 12:30 AM
Both Tonawanda and Hillside should be closed so this makes a lot of sense. Parents have stated they do not want their children moved twice so leaving room at Dixon is a good plan. We have to think about the long-range future, not just a couple years.
Stephen A Larsen December 04, 2011 at 08:21 PM
Why not close four schools? We don't need so many buildings for us taxpayers feed. It would certainly lower our real estate value and maybe our property taxes too!

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