Augusta School Board, Families Meet to Plan for School Closure
Hundreds of Augusta County students will be uprooted next school year with the closure of Ladd Elementary School. Thursday night, their families will weigh in on the two options for moving those kids to surrounding schools.
Ladd's closure is expected to save Augusta County about $550,000 a year. For perhaps the final time, the school is hosting a school board meeting Thursday night - the first in a series of public hearings on proposed boundary line changes.
The roughly 340 Ladd students will be transferred to one of three nearby schools: Stuarts Draft Elementary, Hugh K. Cassell Elementary or the newly renovated Wilson Elementary.
One question is whether students from two large subdivisions in Fishersville should also move to the larger Wilson school. Keeping them at Cassell would push that school well over capacity.
"If those students from Emerald Hills, Wyndham Hills stay there, then it'll be nearly 600, in terms of number of students," said Augusta County Superintendent Chuck Bishop. "So we would be looking at anywhere from four to possibly six trailers to be brought on site there, so that will not be received well by some people."
The alternative would keep Cassell at its 500-student capacity, while allowing a small amount of growth at Wilson and Stuarts Draft, both of which can accommodate 750 students.
The public hearing at Ladd Elementary starts at 7 p.m. Thursday. Two more meetings follow next week.