2018-03-04 / Insight

LakeVille district ‘rightsize’ results in school closures

BY NICHOLAS PUGLIESE
810-452-2601 • npugliese@mihomepaper.com

COLUMBIAVILLE — The LakeVille Community Schools Board of Education announced in February that the longplanned district restructuring would result in the closures of Otisville Elementary and Otter Lake Elementary as the district “rightsizes,” constricting its space usage to reflect the number of current and projected students moving forward. The closures will go into effect beginning with the 2018-2019 school year.

The topic of district restructuring came to the fore following a Plante Moran Cresa facility usage report commissioned by the Board of Education and presented to the Board in May 2017. As per the report, it was found that LakeVille facilities currently operate at a building usage capacity of 67 percent — the state’s recommendation is in the range of 85-95 percent.

The closures are expected to save the district upwards of $100,000 each school year in operational costs, and LakeVille Superintendent Michael Lytle said that now that the decision has been made, he and his administration team have been working to make it happen. According to Lytle, the group is currently ironing out a transition plan that will be presented to the staff by the end of March, and staffing assignments will be complete by the end of April.

The restructuring will affect transportation as well, resulting in a shuffling, but not necessarily reduction, of bus routes, said Lytle.

“Transportation will be providing a Pre-K-fourth grade run and a fifth-12th grade run. This will essentially take the same amount of routes, however the ridership numbers will be more balanced, increasing safety, and no shuttle runs, decreasing ridership time,” he said. “With the savings on mileage and time, the district will see a slight reduction in transportation costs.”

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