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Hamilton School Superintendent Tom Korst Addresses Grantsdale Decision

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Grantsdale School. (KLYQ Photo)
The Hamilton School Board voted 5 to 2 Monday evening to close the Grantdale Elementary School in June, after this school year.

About 80 people attended the special board meeting at the Daly School Daly Den and many voiced their opinions concerning the closure.

In the most recent issue of the school district’s Synergy newsletter, Superintendent Tom Korst offered a list of the “most asked questions” about the closure and he also wrote:

” …At last night’s special board meeting, I recommended the closure of Grantsdale 2nd through 5th grade school and the consolidation of all 2nd through 5th grade students into Daly elementary. The board voted to accept my recommendation. My recom-mendation was based on three factors:

  • A step towards reaching a long-term facilities plan
  • Positive impact for the entire 2nd-5th grade population
  • Resource prioritization to preserve other K-12 programs.
  • This was a difficult decision to make but one that needed to be made. The District is experiencing a budget shortfall of $371,000 and needs to exercise some cost cut-ting measures and/or pass a levy.

    The consolidation will alleviate cutting $108,000 elsewhere in the district for the rest of 1,500 students in attendance. The consolidation is a step towards reaching a long-term facilities plan that will positively impact the entire 2nd-5th grade population equally. There is no wasted effort in this transition and consolidation will maximize resource efficiency for the Hamilton Public School District constituents.

    Ms. Dent, Mr. Larson and I met with the staff and students at Grantsdale and optimistically welcomed them to the Daly team beginning next year. Counselors will be available for students who may require some additional support during this transition. Over the course of the next several weeks and months, Mr. Larson and Ms. Dent will coordinate a successful transition to Daly for the staff, students, and parents…”

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