Redesign 2020

Board Votes to Combine Jefferson Elementary and Fort Howard Elementary Schools

The Green Bay Area Public School District’s Board of Education voted to approve the consolidation of Jefferson Elementary School with Fort Howard Elementary School. Starting with the 2020-21 school year, students who live in the Jefferson attendance area will attend Fort Howard Elementary School for 5K-5th grades.

The consolidation addresses declining enrollment at the two west side schools, and results in the District capturing financial resources that can be reinvested for student needs in the District. The District will be repurposing Jefferson School to be the westside Head Start Learning Center. This past spring, the District received a $2.9 million grant, which provides funds for renovating an existing facility, and supports staffing and operation costs to expand all day 4-year-old Head Start to the west side of the school district.

District and school administration will begin the work of organizing a community transition team, composed of school leadership, parents, community stakeholders, and partners, who will have the opportunity to provide feedback on important decisions. The team’s charge is to build partnerships with key stakeholders, engage the larger community, connect resources; and help ensure a seamless transition for students, parents and staff.. 

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Phase III - Redesign 2020

Beginning in 2016, the District engaged in an effort to address facility and enrollment challenges related to overcrowding on the east side of the District, overcapacity on the west side and inequitable and inadequate facilities/learning spaces.
Redesign 2020 Phases

Envisioning a Brighter Future
In Phase I, the District retained Plunkett Raysich Architects, LLP, to conduct a facilities study of all District-owned buildings. While the study was ongoing, the Board of Education engaged the community in a series of listening sessions to create a vision for improved learning facilities. In addition, a facilities-focused community survey was conducted and a Facilities Task Force (composed of staff, parents and residents) developed final recommendations for the Board.

In January 2017, the Board of Education approved placing a referendum question on the ballot in April 2017 to address many of the concerns. The $68.25 million construction referendum was approved by 70 percent of voters to address overcrowding on the east side, provide safe and secure entrances at several elementary schools and provide adequate and equitable learning spaces for students.  

Recognizing the referendum did not address concerns related to overcrowding at Preble High School, a Secondary Schools Capacity Task Force was created. The task force presented its recommendations to the Board on June 5, 2017. Both the Facilities Task Force and the Secondary Schools Capacity Task Force had recommended the Board of Education consider boundary changes. 

From November 2017 through May 2018, a Boundary Task Force (consisting of community members and students) met and developed recommendations that were presented to the Board of Education in June 2018.  The Boundary Task Force recommendations included:

  • Reproducing popular programs/magnet schools on the west side of the District
  • Providing transportation for equitable access to programming/schools
  • Marketing programs to use the power of choice to smooth out enrollment
  • Addressing feeder patterns at the middle and high schools 

In the spring of 2019, the Board of Education conducted a survey to receive community feedback on the recommendations it had received from the three task forces that studied the District’s facility concerns and attendance boundaries, and on possible solutions to address continued enrollment and facility inequities.

Survey Results

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