Committee recommends re-purposing Roosevelt Elementary

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Eau Claire (WQOW) — An Eau Claire elementary school may be looking at a new purpose next school year.

The Eau Claire School District’s Demographics and Trends committee is asking the school board to consider two options for Roosevelt Elementary School. The first would have the school re-purposed as a 4K only facility, which would require school boundaries to be expanded, and current students to be redistributed to nearby schools. The second, would renovate and add on to Roosevelt to accommodate more students because, district officials told News 18 the school is much smaller compare to other Eau Claire elementary schools, and near capacity.

“The reality is, on the north side of Eau Claire, when we look at all the elementary schools on the north side we have over 800 seats that are available,” said Kim Koller, ECASD’s Executive Director of Administration. “So, the seats right now aren’t in Roosevelt, but we do have them in neighboring schools that are close to Roosevelt.”

News 18 also spoke with a parent with children at Roosevelt, about these changes. She said the district should explore options that won’t close a neighborhood school, possibly impacting children in the future.

“We had a conversation with my children this morning, and they’re afraid. They asked ‘will we have to be separated from our friends?’,” said Megan Holmen. “It’s not that all of these children in this neighborhood would go to the same school. They will be pulled apart and separated to three or four different elementary schools. And that only accounts for the kids that are currently here, not for the expanding growth on this northwest side.”

Holmen also said this is a decision that will not only impact Roosevelt, but the families of the school students may potentially be placed in.

The Eau Claire School Board will consider the recommendations at their Monday night meeting.

Samantha Wensel

Samantha Wensel

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