ST. LOUIS PUBLIC SCHOOLS
FINAL RECOMMENDATIONS FOR THE
2007-2008 SCHOOL YEAR
• SLPS Comprehensive School Improvement Plan
(CSIP) requires the district to house students
and implement educational programs in
efficiently utilized facilities.
• To strengthen academic and athletic programs.
• To efficiently reallocate available funds to
classrooms and facilities.
• To assist in reducing the budget deficit.
• To provide a research-based curriculum that
fosters individualized instruction for students
with disciplinary issues.
Why Did We Make Changes?
• Community forums were held throughout
• A web site was created to receive public
• Media presentations were held in every
major news outlet.
• As a result of all the community input
received, several of our recommendations
Bunche International Studies
• Students will be relocated to Madison at
1118 S. 7th.
• Grade configuration will remain 6th
• There will be no reconfiguration of Dewey
Elementary or Soldan High.
• No program changes.
Three New Alternative Programs
• Three new alternative programs for chronically
disruptive students in grades kindergarten
through 12 located at:
o Ford Elementary Annex
o Turner Middle
o A yet-to-be determined facility for high school
• Schools will not be “holding schools” but will
offer a unique curriculum aimed at reaching
• Smaller school enrollment will allow for a more
Big Picture Schools
• The District is in discussions with Big Picture
Company, www.bigpicture.org to develop these
new alternative programs.
• Big Picture offers community-centric schools and
include outreach programs that will strengthen
the neighborhoods where they are established.
• Students are provided a rigorous, highly
personalized curriculum and opportunities for
Expansion of McKinley CJA
• We will add only 9th grade to McKinley for
the upcoming school year.
• We will examine the success of adding
additional grades before expanding the
• McKinley will remain the gifted program
and Metro will remain as college prep.
Lafayette 9th Grade
• Students from Lafayette 9th Grade Center
will be relocated to the Humboldt facility.
• Humboldt facility is better suited for high
school students and instruction.
• The 9th Grade Center will continue to be
the feeder for Roosevelt High School.
• Students currently attending Humboldt to
be relocated to L’Ouverture.
Meda P. Washington
• Convert site to Early Childhood Center for
children ages 0-5 years
• Serves as a comprehensive educational
environment for young children and their
• Offers programs for special education and
regular education children
• House the Parents as Teachers and Even
Kottmeyer Early Childhood
• Students will be offered seats to attend
Wilkinson ECC, Stix ECC, or other pre-
school programs in their neighborhood
• Anticipated to be used for Central
Registration, Food Services and Student
Cleveland Naval Junior ROTC
• Addition of grades 7 and 8 for upcoming
school year – 75 students per grade level.
• Offers students continuous Junior ROTC
education from middle school through high
• Allows for increased enrollment to
accommodate more students who want to
pursue the Junior ROTC experience.
Central Visual and
• The relocation of Bunche allows the
popular high school magnet program to
• Facility will be shared with a new English
Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)
(English Speakers of Other Languages)
• Expansion of Newcomer/Welcome Center, with
emphasis on support services at Bunche
• Continued implementation of Newcomer
Instructional Center at Sigel Elementary and
Roosevelt High, with new center at Blow Middle.
• Placement testing for students
• Newcomer Family Literacy Center
• Bilingual Newcomer Parent Orientation
• International transcript evaluation
• Euclid Montessori (students to Washington
• Lafayette (students to Humboldt)
• Webster Middle (students to Blewett)
• Ashland Elementary Annex (students to
• Turner Branch (students to Sumner High)
Anticipated Cost Savings
• Euclid $482,000
• Webster $642,000
• Lafayette $596,000
• Ashland Annex $100,000
• Turner Branch TBD
• Total Savings $1.82 Million
Public Comments Heard
Initial Community Forums
• We held many community forums – six
scheduled and announced and many
others scheduled in reconfigured schools -
concerning the preliminary facility
• As a result of public input, the school
reconfigurations were re-worked into this
• We held two public forums – one at Carr Lane
Auditorium and another at Roosevelt High –
regarding our final recommendations.
• Only 11 comments were received (compared to
243 for the preliminary).
• As a result of the latest hearings, we have
removed Des Peres from the recommendations
until we meet with community members in that
• Also removed from the list is the expansion of
Clyde C. Miller into the old Carver facility.