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Elementary Renovations
Elementary Renovations
Liz Dudgeon
Tuesday, March 19, 2019

March 18, 2019

Dear Sanford Educational Community for Grades K-8,

It’s almost spring!  As you are aware, Sanford schools are in the midst of several construction projects across the district.  The former Sanford High School is now being renovated to become a grades 5-8 middle school and Margaret Chase Smith School is expanding to become a Pre K-4 elementary school. Starting this summer, the current Sanford Junior High School building will be renovated to become a Pre K-4 elementary school.  In 2020-2021, Willard School and Lafayette School will close.  This is an exciting opportunity for Sanford resulting in temporary changes in student placement for the 2019-2020 school year.  The following chart shows the plans for the move:   

Grade Configuration by School Year

School

2018/2019

2019/2020

2020/2021

MCS

K-3

Closed for expansion

Pre K-4

CJL

K-5

K-3

Pre K-4

Lafayette

K-3

K-3

Closed

Willard

1-5

1-4

Closed

SJHS

6-8

Closed for renovation

Pre K-4

Former SHS

Closed for renovation

4-8

5-8

New SHS

9-12

9-12

9-12

Impact on MCS students for the 2019-2020 School Year

  • Current MCS 3rd graders will attend school at the former SHS (new middle school). *
  • Incoming MCS Kindergarten students will go to CJL. *
  • MCS Grades 1-3 will go to Willard School. *

Impact on Willard for the 2019-2020 School Year

  • Half of Willard’s 3rd graders will stay at Willard for 4th grade.  The other half will attend the former SHS (new middle school).

Impact on CJL for the 2019-2020 School Year

  • CJL’s current 3rd graders will go to the former SHS (new middle school) for 4th grade.

 Impact on Lafayette for the 2019-2020 School Year

  • Lafayette’s 3rd graders will go to Willard for 4th Grade.

Individual student’s school placement may change to balance enrollments across the district.  

Reconfiguring to three Pre K-4 elementary schools and one 5-8 middle school will:

  • Provide equitable opportunities for facilities and program offerings Pre K – 4 in all schools. 
  • Reconfigure grades and close selected schools to better balance student population.
  • Eliminate all modular classrooms district wide. 
  • Keep all 5th and 6th grade students together in one school. 
  • Reduce operations and maintenance costs 
  • Maximize the use of building space. 
  • Provide space for future growth and building expansion.

We will continue to provide updates throughout the school year. 

Sincerely,

Matt Nelson, Superintendent of Schools

Steve Bussiere, Assistant Superintendent of Schools