Stillwater Area Public Schools Considers Closing Marine, Withrow and Oak Park Elementary Schools

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The Stillwater Area Public Schools Board of Education is considering a proposal from district leaders to close Marine, Withrow and Oak Park Heights Elementary schools.

District leaders told the Board during a learning session on Thursday night that they propose “consolidating elementary buildings” to address capacity concerns and “inequitable learning opportunities” for students.

District leaders are recommending the closure of Marine, Oak Park and Withrow — and transporting the students to other schools in the district. During the process, new school boundaries will be drawn.

According to school district leaders, the school boundary changes have not yet been developed.

The idea is “to create seven right-sized elementary schools,” district leaders told the Board. “Right-sizing ensures all of our students would have the same learning experience no matter where they live and would create a more sustainable future.”

If approved, the change would happen for the start of the 2017-2018 school year.

A formal recommendation for this proposal will come before the Board on Jan. 7, 2016 with public hearings on the issue on Jan. 26, 27, and 28. A final decision is expected on Feb. 11.

Public hearings:

  • Oak Park Elementary: Tuesday, Jan. 26 at Oak-Land Junior High. Time to be determined.
  • Withrow Elementary:  Wednesday, Jan. 27 at Oak-Land Junior High. Time to be determined.
  • Marine Elementary: Thursday, Jan. 28 at Oak-Land Junior High. Time to be determined.

This post will be updated with more information soon.