Hutchinson school board unveils new plans for Avenue A Elementary

HUTCHINSON, Kan. Hutchinson's Avenue A Elementary School no longer faces an uncertain future, at least not for the year ahead.

At its meeting Monday, the Hutchinson school board approved a proposal that "will give Avenue A Elementary School a new mission in 2018-19."

"Under the proposal, the repurposed elementary school will have four to six pre-kindergarten classes, offices and a family room for Parents as Teachers, an elementary-level alternative school and officers for the United Way's Southwest Baricktwown offices," the Hutchinson school district says.

The district, which retains ownership of the school, says Hutchinson Public Schools has operated a school at Avenue A and Madison since 1889. The current home for Avenue A was built in 1939 and updated in 2008, the district says.

"The proposal also calls on district staff to consider other options for future use of the facility including dual-language studies, other community-based services and expanded after-school opportunities," the district says.

The district says current staff at the school will have the opportunity to transfer to other facilities in the district and savings from the changes to Avenue A are expected to total about $300,000 per year.

Declining enrollment prompted the change to the school's usage, the district says.

"Staff currently is working on a new elementary attendance boundary map for the district. New guidelines for student transfer will give priority for students from Avenue A who are being forced to transfer to another school," the district says.