New consolidation plan for Unified School District of Antigo

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ANTIGO, Wis. (WSAW) -- The Unified School District of Antigo school board sent a letter to parents about a new consolidation plan for the district, according to a letter from the administrative office NewsChannel 7 obtained, Feb. 7.

The plan would move eighth grade students to Antigo High School, making the high school an eighth-12th grade building, according to the letter.

All fourth and fifth grade students would move to Antigo Middle School, making a fourth through seventh grade intermediate building.
Finally, the 4-year-old Kindergarten through third grade students would move to east, west and north elementary schools, creating three, multi-section 4K-third grade schools.

Antigo Board of Education President Mike Boldig said the proposal is just a plan, and that nothing has been finalized at this time.

"This is not something that the board has said we are automatically moving forward on this."

It's a plan, Boldig said, the district has been working on for months.

"Starting back in July of last year, the board was starting to take a little more detailed look at our future plans, our long term planning. Part of that was to look at a facilities plan and what you be in the best interest of our students educationally, and what'd be best for the district fiscally."

The letter also showed the board agreed upon certain priorities to develop the plan such as the following:

No. 1: Have the ability to be accomplished without a facilities referendum
No. 2: Provide equal services (Special Education, reading support) at each elementary school
No. 3: Provide for multiple sections of each grade level at each elementary school
No. 4: Provide for equitable class sizes at each elementary school

They also put in the letter that green space for outdoor classes and play, length of bus rides, scheduling of specials (physical education, art and music) and staffing were considered.

Antigo mother Kayla Jansen said she's got some concerns about the plan.

"I was not happy about it. I fell like that's not a good idea. That would put my older son to where he would be transitioning over a year earlier."

She added it may not be best for her younger son to be in the same building as much older kids.

"They need to stay with the younger ones a little bit longer," Jansen said.

Before making a final decision on the plan, the board will hold feedback sessions at the following times and locations:

6-7:30 p.m., Feb. 15, Spring Valley Elementary
6-7:30 p.m., Feb. 16, Middle School IMC
6-7:30 p.m., Feb. 20, Crestwood Elementary
6-7:30 p.m., Feb. 22, Pleasant View Elementary

Boldig said should the plan be approved, it would not be implemented right away.