COLE: MSCS stays busy through summer with restructure

By Roger Cole

Morley Stanwood Community Schools Superintendent


It’s funny how many people are surprised when they find out the superintendent works year round. Summertime at school is just as busy, sometimes busier, than it is during the school year. It certainly has been busy here at Morley Stanwood the past six weeks. I thought it might be a good idea to bring the community up to date on what we’ve been doing and how things are going.

Roger Cole

As most of you know, we are closing – for the most part – both of the outlying elementary buildings and consolidating the district. This action was taken as one of the many cost savings measures used to balance the 2012-13 budget. This fall, Morley Elementary will be used for preschool and the alternative program. Stanwood Elementary will be closed.

The district’s summer lunch program, which has been very successful, is run out of Morley Elementary and will continue to be held there. The summer reading program every Thursday is there as well. Feel free to stop by and have lunch some day.

What has been the middle school for many years will become the Morley Stanwood Elementary School for grades K-5. The middle school will move into the high school. It will operate as a school within a school. The sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade students will be on the second floor. They will have their own lunch and passing time and, in fact, will be dismissed prior to the high school students at the end of the day to get on the bus. Currently, our plan is to have sixth graders enter the building and go straight to their classes to eat breakfast there. Our goal is to have as great a degree of separation as possible. The middle school office will be located in the north end of the high school library. We will still have a library; we’re just going to use the existing space more efficiently.

Another exciting change coming this fall is new school buses. They will arrive at the school in August. We will be leasing new busses at nearly the cost of maintaining the old ones.

There are other projects, but the last one I thought I’d share with you today is the new playground. If we are going to move the elementary students to a new location, then it only makes sense that we move the playground as well. Behind Morley Stanwood Elementary we are going to fence in a large area and put in a playground. Some equipment will be moved from Stanwood and Morley. We also will, with the assistance of the PTO, be getting some new things. Our goal is to have it up and ready before the first day of school this fall.

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