School Efficiency Study
The West Bloomfield School District (WBSD) Board and administration seek to ensure student and community needs are met while also being efficient. The District has undertaken an efficiency study during the fall that has identified potential opportunities for needed operational savings. The District has operated its five elementary schools with room for about 30% more students than are enrolled and the District has central operations that are spread among multiple locations.
A steering committee appointed by the Board is considering recommendations that might result in a consolidation from five elementary schools to four and changes in the location of central services. These options were also identified during the district’s 2012 SEAF process. Changes at the middle and high school level are not proposed.
- Why weren’t the Roosevelt bond funds used? Would using it make a difference in the facility’s rating?
- Where will students go if/when a school is closed?
- Will transportation be provided for both boundary area students and choice students? Was the additional cost of transportation calculated and considered?
- Where will the programs at the closed facility go? (STEAM, STEM, SOC, J&S building, Lakers Online)
- What happens to the staff of closed buildings?
- Why isn’t Abbott being considered for decommissioning instead of one of the elementary schools?
- What is the timeline for when a decision will be made and after that when a school will be closed?
- What will the district do with the property/site of a closed facility?
- Can we wait for the 2020 Census?
- How were the calculations made?/ What items were in the criteria for evaluation?
- Why does the district have K-2 / 3-5 school configurations?
- What communication was done to inform community of this process and possible changes?
The District invited community members to participate in a virtual stakeholder presentations addressing the data that supports eventual action and referred participants to a survey that collected community perspective on specific scenarios. The virtual meetings were hosted by the District’s planning consultant, Western Demographics, via Zoom, at the times designated below.
Presentation and Survey Link - December 1
This survey will close to the public at 4 p.m. on December 4.
Please review the informational presentation from December 1 before filling out the School Efficiency Study survey. The data and analysis presented in the video clip are critical to making an informed response to the short survey. Thank you advance for watching the video and providing your feedback.