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Dear Parents/Guardians,

During the October regularly scheduled meeting, the school board conducted an initial discussion surrounding the possibility of restructuring grade configurations for some of the existing buildings within the district and adjusting boundary lines for the five elementary facilities. The reasons for these discussions are two-fold:

1) To provide groupings that will be most effective for student learning, and

2) Address space issues that exist at some of our elementary buildings while preparing for future growth – as you may have heard, our community has a few new subdivisions that are in the works which could potentially add a significant number of students to our district.

Since the October board meeting, I have met with faculty and staff around the district to hear their thoughts regarding what scenario(s) they believe to be best for our students. With that, we also asked them to provide input regarding pros and cons. Now that we have narrowed the focus, we want to hear from you.

From Nov. 1 – Nov. 8, we will be hosting five parent engagement meetings. The purpose of these meetings is to share more detailed information regarding the scenario we are leaning toward, give you a chance to ask questions, and also ask you for your feedback on pros and cons from your perspective. It is important to emphasize that no decisions have been made at this time and the district is still in the information gathering stage. Your feedback will help us develop a final recommendation for the board.

We will hold one meeting at each of the five elementary sites. You are welcome to attend whichever meeting works best for your schedule. Likewise, parents who only have students in  grades 612 are free to attend any of the meetings. Below is the meeting schedule:

  • Thursday, Nov. 1 – Zitzman Elementary @ 6:00 pm
  • Monday, Nov. 5 – Nike Elementary @ 6:00 pm
  • Tuesday, Nov. 6 – Coleman Elementary @ 6:00 pm
  • Wednesday, Nov. 7 – Truman Elementary @ 6:00 pm
  • Thursday, Nov. 8 – Robertsville Elementary @ 6:00 pm

As we navigate this process, the focus of the district is on "what is best for kids." Redistricting decisions will likely be delayed until the board receives the demographic study in January, but changes in regrouping could be decided as early as the November board meeting.

Prior to attending one of the meetings, please review the information below. First, you will notice our current grade-level groupings. Below that, is the scenario that had the highest level of support from faculty and staff:

Current Grade-level Grouping

Kindergarten – 5th grade ~ Coleman Elementary, Nike Elementary, Robertsville Elementary, Truman Elementary, Zitzman Elementary

6th & 7th Grades ~ Meramec Valley Middle School

8th Grade ~ Riverbend School

9th - 12th Grades ~ Pacific High School

Regrouping Scenario Being Considered

Kindergarten - 4th grade ~ Coleman Elementary, Nike Elementary, Robertsville Elementary, Truman Elementary, Zitzman Elementary

5th - 6th Grades ~ Location TBD (Meramec Valley Middle School or Riverbend)

7th - 8th Grades ~ Location TBD (Meramec Valley Middle School or Riverbend)

9th - 12th Grades ~ Pacific High School

In summary, the scenario above moves 5th grade out of the elementary buildings and forms a 5/6 center. Also, 7th grade would be combined with 8th to form a 7/8 center.

During each meeting, we will review the pros and cons that were identified by district personnel regarding this scenario and give you the opportunity to add your thoughts to that conversation. We will also touch on our initial discussions surrounding redistricting, but remember, the district does not expect to make a determination on boundary lines until the demographic study is received and we have a better idea of where exactly we expect to see growth.

Thank you for allowing us to partner with you in your child’s education. As we consider these topics, together we can do what’s best for kids!

 

Your Partner in Education,

Dr. John Mulford, Superintendent of Schools

Meramec Valley R-III School District