Jackson Elementary May Become New BOCES Unit

Jackson Elementary May Become New BOCES Unit

GREEN RIVER — Slated to be closed at the end of the current school year, Jackson Elementary School may still escape mothballing and abandonment.

The Region V Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) could end up occupying the Jackson Elementary building once current students move out.

Sweetwater County School District #2 Superintendent Donna Little-Kaumo requested permission from the district’s Board of Trustees at their Tuesday meeting to continue negotiations with Region V BOCES pertaining to the organization’s possible use of the Jackson Elementary building, starting this summer, for their Roosevelt Learning Center Program.

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“They know it may be temporary…but they’re still excited,” Little-Kaumo said regarding the BOCES proposal.

Jackson Elementary School could potentially reopen as a K-4 facility at some point years down the road. In the meantime, the superintendent said, the Jackson Elementary building has the advantage of security cameras which the Roosevelt Learning Center does not.

The negotiations between the school district and Region V BOCES involve matters such as the amount of square footage needed, contracting of services for meals, maintenance, technology support and custodial support.

Little-Kaumo stressed that she was not asking the board to make a final decision right that evening, but rather merely to authorize her to continue negotiating with Region V BOCES regarding a potential lease agreement.

The school board would have to give final approval at a future meeting to any lease agreement that Little-Kaumo and Region V BOCES end up with.

Trustees gave unanimous approval to the superintendent to continue her discussions with Region V BOCES. However, the approval came with some prior concerns expressed.

Trustee Corina Tynsky said that before she could eventually vote to give final approval to the lease agreement she needed to hear more information regarding the number of students that would be in the Roosevelt Learning Center Program that would be relocated to the Jackson Elementary building, and also what the school district’s level of liability would be if BOCES used the facility and something happened.

Trustee Ann Rudoff said she agreed with Tynsky that more information was needed from Little-Kaumo about the BOCES proposal.

Nonetheless, there was support on the board for a lease agreement with BOCES.

“I’m anxious to see what happens with this Jackson Elementary thing,” trustee/vice chairman Steve Core declared. “I’d rather have somebody in that building than mothball it.”