A recommendation to close the Beemer Attendance Site at the end of this school year was approved at Monday night’s West Point Public Schools School Board meeting. Superintendent Bill McAllister says declining enrollment is the reason for the closure.
“We’re down to 14 students in Kindergarten through fourth grade. And we have 11 preschoolers so for a total of FT’s about 19 and-a-half. It’s just time to do that. We have a Career Academy here right now with Computer Science, and we really hope to grow that over the next few years.”
McAllister says he thinks Beemer residents are concerned, and maybe hurt and saddened by the closure, but adds they understand.
The hope is to use the site for Career Academy expansion.
“We have a Computer Science Career Academy here that has 18 students in it from five different schools. And we want to grow that into different areas with the help of some other schools in the ESU too. And that would be some different areas that haven’t been totally solidified yet. But there’s a wide range of those areas that we hope to develop. We’re hopeful that this will be the site.”
McAllister says the Career Academy will be for dual credit classes.
NeSA Test Results are the highest they’ve been in the last six years. McAllister credits teachers.
“They’re doing a great job engaging our students, and they’re working very hard at our learning objectives. And reteaching. And it’s really a teacher accomplishment as much as a student accomplishment. We’re using data, we’re looking at our data, we’re using that data to make decisions. We’re trying to get more and more parents in our building on parent nights for academic reasons.”
Bus Driver salaries were also discussed at the meeting. McAllister says bus drivers are needed, and anyone interested should call the school.
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