Tecumseh to proceed with grade reconfigure plan at elementary schools

Tecumseh Local Schools will proceed with their plan to reconfigure grades at two elementary schools for the 2020-21 academic year, according to the district’s superintendent.

New Carlisle Elementary and Donnelsville Elementary will become second through fifth grade buildings.

“The reconfiguration of these two buildings will alleviate the overcrowding at Donnelsville Elementary and provide a closer replica to the former community schools at these two buildings,” said Superintendent Paula Crew.

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Currently, Donnelsville Elementary serves second and third grade students and New Carlisle Elementary serves fourth and fifth grade students. The district plans to have 60% at New Carlisle, as they have the largest amount of square footage, and 40% at Donnelsville. Park Layne Elementary will remain kindergarten and first grade students.

Crew said this change will be at no additional cost to the public as it is only a switch of grade levels to different buildings.

The district sent out a survey last August asking the community what they thought of the new grade level options, in which over 400 responses approved, Crew said.

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“Our teachers and staff members have worked diligently this month to pack up classroom materials, which are now relocated to the new classrooms and/or buildings,” she said.

Crew added as a reminder that elementary students will no longer have to transfer buses. The district will also now offer latchkey at New Carlisle and will continue it at Donnelsville and Park Layne.

The district will share information regarding registration at the beginning of August and specific bus routes later this summer, Crew said.

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