Elementary Boundary Review Process Will Address Class Sizes
Thursday, December 19, 2019 ALEXANDRIA, Minn.-- A key priority for the funding provided by the successful November 5 Alexandria Public Schools (APS) referendum was addressing class sizes. Now that the funding has been approved by the community, district leaders are establishing a process to follow through with that commitment - with elementary class sizes being addressed first.
Data gathered through a 2019 demographic study as well as from city and county experts showed that the Alexandria area is growing, as is school enrollment. To plan for this growth while addressing class sizes, an elementary school boundary review process will begin in January with the following goals:
balancing and reducing (where able) class sizes across our elementary schools,
balancing services available to students in all APS elementary schools,
minimizing the number of families that may be affected by a potential adjustment to attendance boundaries.
One option being explored is moving the District Office and Community Education offices out of Woodland Elementary School - which would free up those spaces for classrooms. This option would also enable the district to accommodate growth and manage class sizes without adding on to its facilities.
“We are so grateful to our community for approving our referendum request,” said Superintendent Julie Critz. “This is one of the first steps in addressing the class size issue that was prioritized by the community.”
A committee made up of parents, community members, principals and administration will study this issue in January. Recommendations from the committee will be shared with families, once the review is complete in late January or early February.