$ 5 million renovation of planned elementary school in Ludlow


A $ 5 million renovation of the Mary A. Goetz School in Ludlow was explored last week during the Ludlow board meeting.

Superintendent Michael Borchers said the district must maintain its competitiveness.

“We want our district to be in good shape,” Borchers said.

Additionally, Ludlow Independent Schools will contract with a well-known company in the area to improve the district’s branding, with the goal of mainstreaming that brand throughout the district, Borchers said.

Ludlow Schools will also improve their use of social media, he said, along with an overhaul of other digital resources such as the website.

At last week’s board meeting, members attended a presentation on the District’s Liaison Power. The current district bond is $ 3.66 million and the available bond is $ 5.1 million.

Funding for urgent needs for the district is $ 25.8 million.

With this report, the board learned of Mary A. Goetz’s renovation plans, a project that is expected to include complete renovations to classrooms with new ceilings and flooring, and renovations to new washrooms and offices, doors for classrooms, technological improvements and a new security system.

The project should start next summer.

The renovation of Ludlow High School is also said to be on the horizon in the near future, it was reported last week.

In other district affairs, Dr Jason Steffen, district director of teaching and learning, reported on student remediation efforts.

In the seventh and eighth grades, there are 25 remedial reading students and 25 remedial math students in each grade, and the goal is to give these students a double dose of reading or math each day until that they are very close to the school year. level, then those students are removed from the program, and more students are transferred to it.

The program is repeated in all classes to some extent, and students show marked improvement, said Steffen.

In younger classes, the emphasis is on phonetics-based programs to help new readers.

“We know that won’t change overnight,” Steffen said. “The goal is to get everyone where they need to be by the end of the school year.”

Board member Wesley Dorger asked whether the premise that third-grade reading fluency is the greatest predictor of high school graduation is being factored in, and Steffen said that this was one of the indicators they relied on.

-Patricia A. Scheyer, RCN collaborator


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