Walla Walla Public Schools invites the public to learn more about the findings of its Elementary Consolidation and Early Learning Expansion study.
Elementary Consolidation and Early Learning Study Public Meeting
• Monday, Sept. 16
• Blue Ridge Elementary
• English meeting @ 5:30 p.m. / Spanish meeting @ 6:30 p.m.
o Childcare provided
• Presenters: Superintendent Dr. Wade Smith and School Board President Ruth Ladderud and Dr. Julie Perron (Spanish meeting presenter)
For the past six months, the district has conducted a comprehensive study to explore opportunities to provide additional early learning programming through the possible consolidation of one of the district’s elementary schools in light of declining enrollment. The district has realized a reduction of 250 elementary students over the last nine years due to shifting community demographics. As elementary student populations normalize over the next few years, the district is anticipating as many as 25 empty classrooms across its six elementary campuses. In addition, kindergarten readiness data and feedback from parents suggests a need for more early learning programs to address access and availability for Walla Walla families. District leaders will share the results of the numerous studies and analysis and answer questions. The school board is expected to make a decision in October. Childcare is provided.