New Douglas School Closing Transition

The Highland Community Unit 5 School Board discussed the closing of the New Douglas Mid-Elementary School during their recent meeting. Superintendent Michael Sutton told us more about transitioning out of the school.

“The Board of education again declared that next year at the end of the 2013-14 school year, New Douglas would be closing, meaning that The third and fourth grade students would be dispersed to Grantfork for fourth grade and the third grade class would be attending Alhambra primary next year,” Sutton said. “Currently second grade students are at Alhambra primary so next year those students would just stay at Alhambra for third grade.”

Sutton said the transition will affect more than just students with custodial and secretarial positions being eliminated. Third grade teachers will move to Alhambra Primary and fourth grade teachers will move to Grantfork Upper Elementary. Sutton told us the decision to close the school was primarily a financial one.

“It’s a very unfortunate situation due to circumstances. The state has not been able to appropriately fund public education here in the state of Illinois and it’s really forced our hand at making some very difficult decisions and this is one of many difficult decisions we’ve been forced to make,” Sutton said. “We’ve been very pleased with the quality of education at New Douglas but it comes down to the fact that we’re put in a position that we have to look at every opportunity to save dollars and this is one of those decisions.”

The Board also approved a resolution to sell the New Douglas School building to the New Douglas Township for $1.