Dr. Brian White, Superintendent of the Butler Area School District, shared the recommendation of our Community Committee for School Organization at the School Board meeting on November 18.
The Community Committee for School Organization met four times before making a recommendation.
The report details Butler Area School District’s school organization process to date as well as a recommendation from the Community Committee for School Organization.
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Butler Area School District is in the process of assessing our school configuration and determining the best way to organize our schools. With significant structural repairs needed at the Middle School (the old junior high building), it’s important that we plan for our future. Our goal is to organize our schools in a way that meets the needs of our students and families while also staying within an affordable budget.
In order to ensure we are meeting the needs of our students and families, community feedback is essential. During the last school year, the district hosted numerous School Organization Community Forums to gather community feedback. Based on feedback from the School Organization Community Forums, four options were presented to the community in June 2019. Following the presentation, community members participated in a survey to further narrow it down.
The feedback we have received from the School Organization Community Forums as well as the community survey has been very helpful in guiding this process and narrowing down our options. However, before a final decision can be made, we need to take an in-depth look at each possible scenario so that decisions are not made based on assumptions.
Our next step is to form a Community Committee for School Organization. The Community Committee for School Organization will be tasked with reviewing a few school organization models and taking an in-depth look at how each can impact our students, our daily operation and our budget. Finally, the committee will provide a recommendation to the Butler Area Board of School Directors.
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Dr. Brian White, Superintendent of the Butler Area School District, presented his recommendation for the future organization of our schools on Monday, June 10, 2019. His recommendation is based on numerous factors, including community feedback that was gathered at the School Organization Community Forums last fall.
At this point, we are once again asking for community feedback. We hope you will take the time to review Dr. White's report and share your feedback.
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We are developing our facility plan for the Butler Area School District. Many of our schools need capital improvements -- some more than others. Prior to investing money into all eleven schools, we have decided to solicit community input to determine if our community is satisfied with how we are currently organized.
We held eight School Organization Community Forums this fall to solicit community feedback. At the forums, stakeholders reviewed a variety of possible school organization scenarios. New possible scenarios were added that were brainstormed by community members. The goal was to gather feedback and information from as many of our stakeholders as possible.
Following the School Organization Community Forums, the results were reviewed and the feedback from the community was analyzed. Dr. White presented the School Organization Community Forums Executive Summary at the School Board meeting on February 11, 2019. The Executive Summary is a high level review of the thoughts, ideas and insights that were provided at the School Organization Community Forums.
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