Holland Public Schools considers reorganizing district

Funding and lack of enrollment is causing Holland Public Schools to consider making the move.

Holland Public Schools will vote next month on whether they will reorganize the school district. Currently, HPS has four K-7 schools and one traditional high school, as well as two alternative high school programs.

In a statement posted on the school district's website officials mentioned their current battle with a lack of funding and decline in enrollment. According to the district, since 2000, HPS has been a deficit spending district for 12 fiscal years. It also noted a 10% decline in full-time enrollment from 2012-2013 and a 22% decline since 2006-2007.

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Officials mentioned the district has sold properties to balance the budget but now must take action. On March 19, the Board of Education will review and consider voting on some district changes that may help the current issue.

The Board of Education will consider the following changes:

  • Transition the district into a K-5, 6-8, 9-12 program
  • Holland Heights, Holland Language Academy, Jefferson, and West will become K-5 elementary schools
  • East will be 6-8 and stand as the only middle school
  • Move the Great Start Readiness Programs and Early Childhood Special Education from Maplewood to K-5 programs
  • Holland High School will serve 9-12 and have its additional two alternative high schools programs

Meetings have been scheduled for parents to learn about the potential changes.

  • Thursday, March 1, 7:00 pm at East School, 373 East 24th Street
  • Tuesday, March 6, 7:00 pm at East School, 373 East 24th Street
  • Thursday, March 15, 9:00 am and 7:00 pm Holland Early College, 45 East 25th Street (Specifically for families of Holland Early College)

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