The Longview School Board has scheduled a series of special study sessions on the school merger issue through April and May. All the study sessions will be held on Mondays.
The board has identified several areas that need deeper study as it considers the Facilities Planning Committee’s recommendation for a long-term plan for the district’s buildings. The recommendation includes merging the high schools on the R.A. Long-Monticello campus, sending Monticello students to the other two middle schools, and closing Northlake Elementary School and Broadway Preschool and redistributing those students to the remaining elementaries.
Some of the meeting topics will be decided later. Agendas will be posted on the district’s website.
Community members are welcome to come, but there will no periods for public comment. However, opinions are being accepted on the district’s website, as well as through email, letters and phone calls.
Board President Jerry Stinger said the board will also be scheduling community forums. The board is not expected to make a decision until August at the earliest.
He also said the board intends to get a second opinion on the estimated costs of a merger, although he didn’t know when that might take place.
Study session schedule:
6 to 7:15 p.m. April 8, district board room. Topic: educational considerations, like-size comparisons
6:30 to 8:30 p.m. April 15, Mount Solo Middle School. Topic: capacity.
6 to 7:15 p.m. April 22, district board room. Topic: TBD.
6:30 to 7:30 p.m. April 29, Cascade Middle School. Topic: demographics.
6:30 to 8:30 p.m. May 6, Monticello Middle School. Topic: TBD.
6 to 7:15 p.m. May 13, district board room. Topic: administrative impact report.
6:30 to 8:30 p.m. May 20, Northlake Elementary School. Topic: TBD.