Waterford considers closing four schools

Sandburg, Burt, Waterford Village, Adams considered for closing

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WATERFORD, Mich. - In 2002, Michigan had 1.7 million students enrolled in K-12 schools. Because of out-migration and the aging of Michigan's population, the number of K-12 students has since declined by 8.98 percent. Waterford School District has seen a total decline of 1,000 students over the last four years, and this trend is expected to continue.

As a result, the Waterford School District is in the process of developing a Facilities Utilization Plan for adoption by the Waterford Board of Education in March. This process has tentatively identified four elementary schools for possible closure or repurposing. The goal is to maximize the instructional delivery system to increase student achievement while providing the most cost-effective and efficient use of District facilities and resources.

Many standards were quantified, including current and projected enrollment, building capacity, amount of instructional classrooms, ability to expand a school's existing footprint, and current physical building conditions. The four elementary schools being considered for closing or repurposing include Sandburg, Burt, Waterford Village, and Adams, with all of Adams and a portion of Waterford Village being relocated to what is currently Mason North (formerly Grayson Elementary).

Additional details regarding this process can be found at www.wsdmi.org under "Latest News and Information".

There will be a public forum held for parents and other interested members of each school's community. More information will be provided at that time, and those in attendance will have the opportunity to ask questions and share their feedback with members of the central administration and Board of Education. Those dates are:

Adams: Wednesday, February 5

Beaumont: Wednesday, February 12

Burt: Thursday, January 30

Cooley: Monday, February 17

Donelson Hills: Tuesday, March 4

Haviland: Monday, February 24

Knudsen: Monday, February 10

Riverside: Monday, March 3

Sandburg: Monday, January 27

Schoolcraft: Tuesday, February 11

Waterford Village: Monday, February 3

All meetings begin at 6:00 p.m. at the respective school building

Questions and comments can be submitted via the District website under Quick Links/Contact Us or via  Q-A@wsdmi.org.

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