At a meeting tonight School Board Member Nancy Robbinson will discuss with parents and community members the plan to build a kindergarten through eighth grade school in the Audubon Park area.
The new school would be on the site of the old Audubon Park elementary school at 1500 Falcon Drive [GMap]. The site is currently housing Lake Sliver elementary students while their school is under construction.
The new Audubon Park area K8 school would provide relief for both the current Audubon Park Elementary and Glenridge Middle School.
Robbinson told Bungalower that because Fern Creek’s student enrollment is extremely low and a planned downtown K8 school, set to open in 2017, would leave enrollment even lower, the plan is to merge Fern Creek with the new K8 Audubon Park area school.
“It makes the most economical sense to merge the two schools with the small amount of Fern Creek students and the overflow from Audubon Park in Baldwin Park and Glenridge Middle,” she said.
From a timing perspective, Robbinson said the Audubon Park area K8 has funding scheduled to open in Fall of 2019 but added that if voters extend the half cent sales tax this fall the opening could be moved up to as early as fall 2017.
Tonight’s meeting is at Audubon Park Elementary in Baldwin Park at 6:30 p.m. The goal of the meeting says Robbinson is to “discuss what a K8 looks like and what the benefits of that type of school are and not to discuss the merger.”