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Ypsilanti Community Schools Considering Balanced Calendar, Elementary Reconfiguration

Apr 1, 2014

The Ypsilanti Community Schools Board of Education is considering three options for re-configuring district elementary schools, a move tied to plans to offer a balanced calendar at one school building next school year.

Ypsilanti Community Schools Board of Education trustees (l-r) Dan Raglin, Celeste Hawkins and Tony VanDerworp.
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 The board Monday night was briefed on the options, which include three options.

Option one: 

  • Having second through eighth graders at Estabrook and Erickson elementary schools
  • Adding sixth graders at Washtenaw International Middle Academy
  • Holmes Elementary would transition to a balanced calendar in that option, at an estimated cost of $50,000 to $70,000 to the district. 

Option two:

  • Has Adams, Ford and Perry teaching pre-kindergarten through second grades
  • Erickson and Holmes configured for third through sixth grades, with Estabrook third through eighth grade. 

 Option three: 

  • Use Adams teaching kindergarten through fifth graders
  • Estabrook housing kindergarten through eighth graders on a balanced calendar, Holmes and Erickson with second through fifth grades
  • Washtenaw International Middle Academy sixth through eighth grades. 

Another balanced calendar option would have Erickson elementary become a K-8 school and offer year-round classes, at an estimated cost of $59,700 to $79,700. Final costs would depend on things like enrollment, and whether the state offers financial assistance to at-risk districts that want to put a pilot balanced calendar program in place.

A balanced calendar would have a shorter summer break, along with two and three weeks breaks in November, December and March.  Ypsilanti Community Schools is holding a public forum on the options Thursday evening at Perry Early Learning Center. 

Elementary Configuration Options by wemu4339

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