Almond-Bancroft Board discusses possibility of closing Bancroft school

The Almond-Bancroft School Board members discussed the Bancroft school and weighed the pros and cons of keeping the school open during its regular meeting held Nov. 18 at the high school conference room.

District Administrator, Dan Boxx, said that students in K4 and Kindergarten are losing approximately 45 minutes per day of instructional time because they are on the bus between the two schools. This amount of time equals to nearly an entire month of school being missed each year.

Boxx also stated that several teachers, teachers aides, and a food service staff member have to travel to the Bancroft school during school hours, which costs the district more money and means that those teachers are not available for other students. Teachers who currently have to travel between the schools are the art, music, physical education, and counselors.

Closing the school would mean that the school would need to rearrange some classrooms, but according to Boxx and Principal Jeff Rykal, it is possible to combine the two schools into the Almond school without too much of an issue. No decisions have been made. If the board decides to go forward with the topic, public sessions and more meetings will be held.

Almond Village Board Trustee Spence Bunders addressed the board and public about the upcoming Elm Street project that will be taking place over the summer. Bunders said plans are to begin reconstructing the road from County Road D to Main Street immediately after the school year is over and intend to be done before Tater Toot at the end of July.

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