The Community Committee For School Organization has presented their recommendation to the Butler Area School Board however the process is still ongoing.
The scenario chosen would see eight kindergarten through 5th grade elementary schools (including reopening Broad Street and Center Avenue), one 6th through 8th grade middle school at the current intermediate building, and grades 9 through 12 at the Senior High.
The committee, made up of parents, students, faculty, staff, school board, and community members, met four times and made their selection by a 2 to 1 margin however they did include many stipulations.
Superintendent Dr. Brian White said the process does require more evaluation.
“With those recommendations, there were also stipulations that came with it,” White said. “For example, one of the stipulations wanted students who were in 6th through 8th grade to have their own buses, so they’re not on the same bus as the senior high kids. That takes a lot of time to evaluate.”
White said there were probably 30 stipulations that were a part of the proposal by the committee.
According to White, the next step in this process is taking a closer look at the educational, engineering, transportation issues with the chosen plan to gather more information that will be taken back to the committee before a final recommendation is made to the school board.
The earliest this plan could be realized would be for the 2022-23 school year or the committee could change their recommendation based upon the information received by administration.