Community School meeting to address Montessori plans

Posted: Sunday, January 06, 2008

A move by the Juneau School District to consider consolidating some Montessori school programs into one building could mean redistricting for elementary schools in the Mendenhall Valley.

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The public is invited to speak Monday about potential effects of consolidating elementary-age and adolescent education for Montessori programs into one location at Mendenhall River Community School.

A proposal to move three Montessori classrooms for elementary-aged children to the Mendenhall River school, plus add an additional classroom, would bring that school's total to six classrooms for Montessori students.

That might bring 50 to 70 additional children to the campus, estimated Principal Patty Newman. The school already has about 380 students, so redistricting is being considered for all elementary schools in the Valley.

The space challenge is brought on by renovations at Glacier Valley Elementary, but a long-standing desire to consolidate younger children in the Montessori program by parents of those students is also being considered as the district Facilities Committee discusses its options.

The regular monthly meeting of the site council for the Mendenhall River school will be open to public comment. The Monday meeting starts at 6 p.m. in the school library.

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