Neenah school board considers building consolidation proposals

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NEENAH, Wis. (WBAY)- The Neenah Joint School District is considering some big changes that might consolidate buildings or even close schools.

This is based on recommendations made by a consultant the district hired.

The school district says it's still early in the process, even though each one of the plans recommends extensive building renovations that would add additional classroom space.

It's up to the school board to decide which one to pursue.

The first would keep grade levels within the buildings as they are and each school would be renovated.

For example, at Wilson Elementary it would mean dedicated art and music rooms, expanded cafeteria, expanded student services and a more secure entrance.

The second option would renovate buildings, but it would also move the district's fifth-graders out of the elementary schools and into Horace Mann with the sixth-graders.

Roosevelt Elementary would close and students there would re-locate to Wilson Elementary.

A third option is the same as the second.

However, it calls for closing three elementary schools: Roosevelt, Taft and Hoover.

At this point there's no cost attached to any of these proposals.

The cost of each plan is scheduled to come out during a meeting on March 19th. A final vote by the school board is expected April 5th.

The district says voters could be asked to pass a referendum.

Click here to view the Neenah School District's master plan chart.