Redesign 2020

Exploring School Consolidation

The Board of Education will be taking a potential vote regarding the Jefferson Elementary/Fort Howard Elementary consolidation at their meeting on Monday, October 28, 2019, at 6:30 p.m. in Room 331 at the District Office Building, 200 S. Broadway, Green Bay.

The Board of Education and District Administration have begun the process of exploring if school consolidation on the west side is the appropriate solution to address declining enrollment and under capacity of schools. In the community survey conducted in the spring, 74% of survey participants supported boundary changes and 69% supported consolidating and repurposing schools. Conversations have begun with Jefferson Elementary families and Jefferson Adopters to solicit feedback regarding consolidating Jefferson Elementary with Fort Howard Elementary. 

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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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