Eau Claire (WQOW) – Listening sessions have been held, and now a recommendation has been made on the best course of action for how to handle overcrowding in Eau Claire elementary schools.
As we’ve reported, Eau Claire school officials say Roosevelt Elementary is nearing capacity, necessitating boundary changes for elementary schools that feed into North High School. Those schools are Roosevelt, Sherman, Lakeshore, Longfellow, Sam Davey, Locust lane and Northwoods.
In all, seven listening sessions were held to get feedback from parents..
Monday, the Demographic Trends and Facility Planning Committee recommended that the board approve a plan that would keep Roosevelt as an elementary school but re-align enrollment throughout the seven schools to more evenly distribute students. The school board will still need to vote on the plan. If approved, it would go into effect for the 2020-21 school year.
Meanwhile, students will now have the option of getting their education online starting next year.
Monday night, the school board approved a contract to bring a virtual charter school to the district. It would give students an online learning experience similar to being in the classroom.
Those behind the idea say this program would give local students more options. At first, only students in 6th through 12th grades would be eligible. A pilot program will go into effect next year with 28 seats available. Enrollment will expand in the second year, although the exact numbers are still being worked out.