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Strategic Plan Updates

We are committed to communicating our goals and information about the education of your children with you. We want to share with you a proposal that is currently before the school board - the reconfiguration of Park and Summitville Elementary. You may have heard about this already, so we wanted to share facts about this process and the reasons why we believe this is important. We are committed to providing the best education for your child, and we know you are putting your future in our hands. We honor this commitment by working every day to make great choices for your student’s safety and education during their time with us. 

The school board voted in favor of the reconfiguration. We want to thank all our parents and community members for their open and constructive feedback through this process. Your participation and support will ensure the future of our schools and the quality education our students receive at Madison-Grant United School Corporation.

UPdate Letter to Parents

October 16, 2019 - Letter to Parents

We have entered our first phase of development for our strategic plan and wanted to make sure you know what is happening. We have put together a team of educators from Madison-Grant to participate in the Strategic Plan Committee. We will also be including members of the parent community to be part of the committee. Dr. Anita Manwell, a professor and dean of the School of Teachers at Indiana Wesleyan University, is committed to act as facilitator for this group. Dr. Manwell is a member of the Madison-Grant community and her expertise as both an educator and parent will help the group work effectively to make recommendations. 

We are also creating separate committees to address other operational issues like transportation and safety and team placement. Each committee will prepare plans and recommendations for board approval for how we will execute the reconfiguration of grades at Madison-Grant United School Corporation.

We need your help! We need input from all our parents. We know each family has specific needs and challenges. Our committees will work to find solutions while aligning this with the best education we can offer our students. We will be sending out multiple surveys to gauge your input on the distribution of grades, thoughts on challenges, transportation questions, as well as finding out your thoughts as other items may come into play with the new grade distribution. 

We will be emailing out a survey to parents and need responses as soon as possible to be able to help inform our committees. It is so important we receive a wide response to make good decisions for our families. Thank you for your continued partnership, we look forward to hearing from you.

What does "Reconfiguration" mean in this proposal?

Both elementary schools will remain open! We propose one building focus as our early childhood education center for grades pre-k through 2nd grade or 3rd grade. The other elementary school will house grades 3rd or 4th through 6th grade.

Will one elementary school have fewer students?

We are not reconfiguring either building to have fewer students. Instead, we want to house all 70 to 85 students in each grade level together, under one roof, to create a vibrant educational environment for each level. This will allow us to grow our programming, especially the pre-k, to meet the needs and interests of our early childhood and elementary friends.

Why is it important to make these changes?

Our teachers can be more effective. Your students will have access to the collective expertise of multiple teachers specialized in meeting the developmental needs of students at their grade level. Putting each grade level together under one roof means our teachers can partner with ALL the teachers in their grade level, providing the best possible experience for your student. We can then begin partnering in classrooms in interesting ways to bring students together and create a cohort or learning community as they move through grades. Inside every Goblin and Eagle is an Argyll!

How will this affect special education?

With this reconfiguration, our Special Education programming will be able to focus on the needs of three or four grade levels instead of all seven grade levels. This will encourage even more specialized services for more targeted and impactful instruction.

What does this mean for activities?

We heard your feedback. The joining of grade levels at each building provides greater access to athletics and fine arts activities at the jr./sr. high. Many of these activities are accessible to 6th graders, with some accessible to 5th graders. By having all of our 5th and 6th grade students in one building, we will be able to provide consistent transportation to all of the athletics and fine arts activities at the jr./sr. high school.

What are the next steps? Is this happening now?

At the September 23, 2019, meeting, our school board approved the proposal to move forward with the reconfiguration of the elementary schools.

In the month of October, we will convene a committee and deliver surveys collecting input from students, staff (all), and parents on how we should reconfigure and where those new configurations should reside. This committee will deliver recommendations and advice to the board. Simultaneously, the association, administration, and teachers will begin the process of determining who will teach where for the next year.