St. Paul school superintendent Valeria Silva presented Strong Schools, Strong Communities 2011-2014 this week, a new three-year strategic plan for the district “designed to improve education for all students” and to address a budget shortfall of at least $20 million for the coming fiscal year.
The plan will affect St. Anthony Park neighborhood students who attend schools both within and outside of the neighborhood boundaries. Among the changes planned will be the creation of more community schools and a reduction in city-wide busing. However, some schools, such as Capitol Hill, will continue to operate as district-wide magnet schools.
The school district will be divided into six busing areas. The St. Anthony Park neighborhood is part of Area E, which includes the schools: Chelsea Heights Elementary, Como Park Elementary, Como Park High School, Crossroads Montessori, Crossroads Science, Galtier, Gordon Parks, Hancock-Hamline, Murray Middle School, St. Anthony Park Elementary.
According to the SPPS website, proposed changes to two St. Anthony Park schools include Murray Junior High, murray.spps.org, currently a math and science magnet, becoming a community school serving grades 6—8 in 2013-14. St. Anthony Park Elementary School, www.stanthony.spps.org, will remain a community school but will become a K—5 program in 2013-14.
For more information about the Strong Schools, Strong Communities 2011-2014 plan visit the SPPS website, http://www.spps.org/strong_schools.html. The page provides downloadable School Information Sheets outlining proposed changes for each school in the district, http://www.spps.org/school_information_sheets.html.
The school board will vote on the plan March 15, after a series of community meetings to get input from the public. The meeting for Area E will be held at Como Senior High on February 7, from 7 to 8:30 p.m.
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