FINAL RECOMMENDATION ON SMITH ROAD ELEMENTARY REOPENING PROPOSAL
Bedford Public Schools considered reopening Smith Road Elementary School (SRE) for the 2019-2020 school year. Current enrollment numbers are resulting in larger class sizes within our three elementary schools that lack the space to expand the number of grade level classrooms to reduce class sizes. Bedford is proposed reopening Smith Road Elementary School as an early learning center which would house the Great Start Readiness Program, Young 5s, and Kindergarten.
In December 2018, several Community Forums were held and the SRE Reopening Proposal Presentation was followed with an opportunity for those in attendance to ask questions, make comments, and share concerns.
A Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document has been created based on the forum and other discussions.
A Final Presentation and Recommendation was shared with the Board of Education on January 31, 2019.
The final recommendation from district administration was to NOT move forward at this time with re-opening SRE as an Early Childhood Center as proposed. The main determining factors were: declining enrollment projections over the next five years, budgetary constraints due to state and federal educational funding levels, and not being able to solidify answers to some of the logistical concerns. We have been able to use some creativity this year to keep our class sizes at a respectable number. We will continue to look for creative ways to provide flexibility within our existing spaces to meet the needs of our students and staff.
Thank you to all parents and staff members that have put in the time to assist us as we have gone through this very thorough process.
For more information about this proposal, please contact Dr. Mark French, Assistant Superintendent of Instruction and Student Services. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org · Phone: 734-850-6025.
Posted: February 1, 2019