TEMPERANCE, MI. (WTOL) Smith Road Elementary School closed in 2011 because of declining enrollment.
But the district has turned around. Enrollment numbers are up and larger class sizes the result.
At a forum Thursday afternoon, Bedford Public Schools officials explained why they’re considering reopening the building as an Early Learning Center which will include kindergarten.
“We’re at about 24 students per elementary class. We’d like to see that lower to 20-22. This will be an opportunity to create space in other buildings. We won’t have any overflow from one building to another,” according to district superintendent Carl Shultz.
A bond issue already passed will cover $3.3 million in improvements to the building including a new roof, air conditioning and heating.
Any addition cost will be covered by the district’s general fund or state and federal grants.
“Overall I feel it’s a good idea’' said Judy Hull, a retired Toledo Public Schools teacher who now lives in the district,
She said reopening the school will allow teachers to do a better job.
“It’s going to open up some space and allow our students and teachers to collaborate and talk among each other.”
Two more public forums are scheduled.
A decision will be made by the school board in January.
If approved, Smith Road elementary School could reopen in time for the start of the 2019 school year.