As part of the 2012 Referendum, a new school will be built near our school, housing grades 4-8. The following are some highlights. Please see the Referendum 2012 link on the District homepage (www.beloitschools.net) for school renderings.
Fall of 2015
Except for the expanded busing and school day changes, the East Side will not undergo major changes for the 2014-2015 School year. The transition to the Intermediate School structure will begin in the Fall of 2015.
In 2015, Aldrich (currently grades 6-8) will serve grades 4-8, in addition to the new Fran Fruzen Intermediate School, which will be completed by July of 2015. McLenegan and Morgan will be closed, but not before community celebrations of the many years of learning and fun that took place at these schools are held (details to be announced next year).
SCHOOL START AND END TIMES
Proposed School start/end time changes will begin in the Fall of 2014.
Pre-K - 3rd Grade Schools (Merrill, Robinson, Todd) 7:50 a.m. - 2:55 p.m.
4th - 8th Grade Schools (Aldrich, McLenegan, Morgan) 8:35 a.m. - 3:52 p.m.
SITE PLANS FOR FRUZEN INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL:
Fruzen Intermediate School, named after long-time educator, administrator and "Champion of Education", Francis J. Fruzen, is scheduled for completion in July of 2015. In the Fall of 2015, McLenegan and Morgan Elementary Schools (serving grades 4-5) will be closed. East side students in grades 4-8 will be served by Aldrich and Fruzen Intermediate Schools. (Bounday Map coming soon.)
Capacity: 650 Students
- Two Floors
- Separate entrances, drop-off areas, and wings for Grades 4-6 and 7-8
- Expanded off-street drop-off area and expanded parking
- Expanded kitchen to serve as production center for meals for East side primary schools
- Added Cafeteria
- Structure designed to allow as much natural light as possible
- Separate spaces for art, music and electives
- Intervention rooms
- Gymnasium allows for multiple class use, bleacher seating for events
- Secure Entrance Vestibule
- Air conditioning
- Maintenance Repairs to increase efficiency and safety
Academic Advantages of Intermediate Schools
- Research based-intermediate schools proven more effective than middle schools
- An additional student transition is eliminated
- Families have five years of sustained relationships with principals and stafff
- More efficient use of district resources such as specialists, technology
- Additional grade sections allows for greater collaboration between teachers
- Fewer students in each grade will allow more participation in sports and activities
Tina Hansen, Principal