Norwalk considering proposal to close League Elementary

Cary Ashby • Feb 17, 2014 at 10:35 AM

The Norwalk City Schools board of education on Tuesday approved $943,000 worth of cuts that would go into effect if the emergency operating levy on the May 6 ballot fails.

Discussion on Tuesday also involved the potential closing of League Elementary.

Board member Steve Linder recommended closing League to save the district more money and spreading those teachers throughout the district. At the board’s request, Superintendent Dennis Doughty will gather information on the cost analysis of closing League and also maintaining it.

Currently, League houses 208 fourth-graders and next year, the district expects to have 226.

“I don’t want to lay anybody off if we don’t have to,” Linder said.

League is only one of 10 state schools to receive School of Promise and High Progress honors. Only 37 schools in Ohio have been named High Progress Schools of Honor. The schools had to be a Title I building with a minimum of 40 percent of its students being eligible for free or reduced meals.

The Ohio Department of Education notified League Principal Adam Kreischer about the honor in December.

“What a wonderful job by a hard working group,” Doughty said to the teachers who attended Tuesday’s meeting.

Many of the teachers wore long-sleeve T-shirts with the League logo on the front. On the back were the words “Together Enriching All Minds.”

“High Progress Schools of Honor establish an educational goal for their students and continue to pursue and exceed that goal each year. The principals, teachers, parents and community provide a high-quality education and believe that children can overcome significant challenges and that they can learn,” said Richard Ross, the state superintendent of public instruction, in a prepared statement.

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