Board waits to make decision on McKinleyville Elementary restructuring

MCKINLEYVILLE- The McKinleyville Union School Board has asked the district to gather more information on a plan that would restructure both elementary schools. The board will meet again in a special meeting on April 30th to discuss the change

The McKinleyville Union School District Superintendent recommended to the board on Wednesday that Dows Prairie Elementary School start serving kindergarten through second grade and Morris Elementary School to serve third through fifth graders. Both school teach k-5.

Superintendent Michael Davies-Hughes said Dows Prairie has seen an increased class sizes and has no empty classrooms and is expecting to only grow.

Under the proposal the middle school would stay the same and both Elementary Schools would be a combination of traditional and language immersion courses. Currently, only Morris Elementary has a language immersion program.

The board has also directed staff to look into keeping both schools k-5 and having both with language immersion and traditional education classes.