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Posted: Saturday, January 22, 2011 12:00 am

The Beloit School Board will discuss closing two elementary schools at Tuesday’s special meeting.

District administrators have been touring schools in recent days to assess their condition in order to determine which ones to close, according to school officials.

The district could face a budget deficit of anywhere from $4 million to $5.7 million in 2011-12 depending on whether it approves pay increases of up to 3 percent.

According to the meeting agenda, the board may elect to discuss personnel impacted by the potential reconfiguration in closed session. The agenda cites Section 19.85 (1)(c) of the Wisconsin Statutes relative to considering employment, promotion, compensation or performance evaluation data of any public employee.

School Board President Michael Ramsdail said he expects the board to discuss potential building closures in open session.

“What I assume is that we’ll start discussing potential building changes, and then they’ll likely vote whether to go into closed session to discuss personnel and what could potentially happen to their positions,” he said.

The board cited the same statute to go into closed session at its last meeting to discuss potential budget cuts.

The meeting will take place at 5:30 p.m., prior to the 7 p.m. business meeting at the Kolak Education Center, 1633 Keeler Ave.

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  • Concerned Citizen posted at 6:14 am on Fri, Jan 28, 2011.

    Concerned Citizen Posts: 741

    Freedom - You have the eastside school in your group, but not the westside school. If you think these decisions haven't already been made, you are naive.

  • cindy1 posted at 4:59 am on Thu, Jan 27, 2011.

    cindy1 Posts: 0

    I am glad that I do not have to make the decision on which schools to close, but if I did, I think it would have to be Merrill, or Wright on the East side and Hackett and Gaston or Royce on the West side. Who Knows..All I know is my Mother is going to be 85yrs old and she went to Hackett!! Can you say one of the oldest schools??

  • Gonfo5 posted at 9:31 am on Tue, Jan 25, 2011.

    Gonfo5 Posts: 159

    At least the public sector is starting to realize there isn't an endless money pit to pay for everything. It is unfortunate that a couple of schools must close but at the same time if there isn't money to pay for it then the cutting must happen. I know the BSD always gets a lot of grief but I'm sure they will figure out a way to make this work. Even thought they are closing a couple of schools, unless they sell the buildings they will still need to be heated to at least minimal temperatures next winter or the buildings will become worthless in a hurry. You can do a lot of damage to a building that is normally temperd by just turning off the heat and I'm not talking about water lines.

  • HRDHD posted at 2:48 am on Tue, Jan 25, 2011.

    HRDHD Posts: 8

    Concerned, If they hide in closed session the only thing interesting will be the April elections.

  • Concerned Citizen posted at 3:49 pm on Mon, Jan 24, 2011.

    Concerned Citizen Posts: 741

    Fiery - Burdge and Wright make sense, though Royce doesn't have any grassy area for kids to play or for future growth if necessary. Should be an interesting board meeting Tuesday!

  • beloit51 posted at 6:19 am on Mon, Jan 24, 2011.

    beloit51 Posts: 1639

    BALUM, Only repeating WEAC's mantra since school's BEGAN!!"Your Humble Servant"

  • HRDHD posted at 2:36 am on Mon, Jan 24, 2011.

    HRDHD Posts: 8

    Oh, they may close schools, but believe me, Mr. Thompson, the big spender that he is, along with the support of a majority of spendthrift school board members will never let principals, teachers, secretaries, or anyone else go. We'll suddenly have a need for them in other buildings or at the Kolak building, the school district's "Island of Misfits".And why do they need to go into closed session -- to keep the public ignorant about our tax dollars?

  • beloit51 posted at 8:37 am on Sat, Jan 22, 2011.

    beloit51 Posts: 1639

    WEAC,Reality finally settling in ? After all if these schools close must mean thie is (Your Mantra) "What's Best For The Student's"? "Your Humble Servant"


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