Parents concerned about possible closure of Maplewood Elementary

Superintendent Perry Nicholas said the district has been looking into closing Green Elementary for almost six years

Parents raise concerns about the possible closure of Maplewood Elementary School.

NORTH BLOOMFIELD, Ohio (WKBN) – With talks of a school possibly closing, the Maplewood Board of Education met with community members Wednesday night to hear their input before making a decision.

The question and answer session revolved around the possibility of Green Elementary School closing.

About 200 parents, teachers and students packed the Maplewood High School cafeteria to voice their opinions and concerns.

A ten minute presentation broke down the decline in students at Maplewood Local Schools.

“I know it’s an emotional issue, but right now we have buildings that don’t have a lot of kids in them,” Superintendent Perry Nicholas said. “At the elementary, we could probably close down the whole old part of the school and house the kids in the new part, that’s how much extra room there is.”

He said the district has been looking into closing the school for almost six years, but allowing all teachers to keep their jobs.

“It’s just what’s happening out there,” Nicholas said. “I’m not an economist, I’m not somebody who deals with the market, but the bottom line is that’s the data.”

Parents said it’s about more than just the data.

“We care about our kids and we care about their education. It’s not just about the money to us,” Melanie Shipman said.

Donnell Airgood wanted to know what would happen to students with disabilities who need extra help.

Ken Moy suggested that the district should’ve taken action sooner to prevent the problem.

“Instead of taking a wait-and-see approach, after six or seven years, ‘Uh oh, we don’t have students,’ could we have done something then? Is there something we can do now?”

Tami Morrison stood up and praised the board for retaining the teachers’ jobs.

“I just appreciate that you really thought this through and you’re not cutting teaching staff,” she said.

The board has no plans on making a decision until next year.


WKBN 27 First News provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. No links will be permitted. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s