Grade Organization Policy Amendment
With the work to create new boundary areas for each of Centralia’s elementary schools complete, the CSD Board of Directors will vote on an amendment to the district’s grade level configuration policy on February 27, 2019.
Policy 2210 is an optional policy regarding the configuration of grade levels in Centralia’s Schools. The amendment will be the final procedural step for the board in the District’s long-announced change to kindergarten through 6th grade elementary schools. The change will happen at the start of the 2019-2020 school year. Centralia’s elementary schools are currently configured as three kindergarten through third grade schools and two fourth through sixth grade schools.
“This will be the culmination of a very long process that our Facilities Master Planning Committee began discussing back in the summer of 2016,” said board president Bob Fuller. “We aren’t required to have a policy on grade level configurations, but our district has had this one in place since 1980 and because we do, we need to make sure that it aligns with what our reality will be when school starts in September.”
The District announced the switch to K-6 elementary schools at the start of the 2016-17 bond campaign. That bond was ultimately approved by voters in February 2017. The conversion was a central point of all of the District’s informational publications and meetings about the bond. The recommendation to move to a new elementary grade configuration was made by a Facilities Master Planning Committee in 2016. That group of staff, parents, and community members determined that eliminating an otherwise unnecessary school building transition in elementary school would be beneficial to students and families in the long-run.