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Osseo administrators decide all Basswood students are staying put for now

Posted by: Kim McGuire Updated: January 29, 2014 - 11:50 AM

School boundary changes are never popular with parents, especially when students are forced to leave a school with a sterling reputation.

That's certainly been the case at Basswood Elementary in Maple Grove where administrators had initially proposed moving about 109 students from the southwest corner of the Osseo school district to nearby Oak View Elementary to help alleviate overcrowding.

Those parents complained, saying it was unfair for the district to require them to move when it allowed so many student to open-enroll into Basswood. Then administrators revised the plan to require all open-enrolled students be moved to Oak View.

Then those parents complained.

Osseo Superintendent Kate Maguire on Tuesday told school board members she was withdrawing the most recent proposal and that no Basswood students would be reassigned for the 2014-2015 school year.

The school, however, will be closed to new open enrollment as school officials try to figure out a short-term plan to help alleviate overcrowding.

One move that ultimately might be in play is moving all of the sixth graders at Basswood and other Osseo elementaries to the district's junior high schools.

Administrators are currently discussing realigning the grades across the district. Currently, most elementaries serve kindergarten through sixth grade, junior high takes students in seventh through ninth grades and the three high schools are grades 10-12.

Most Minnesota schools are K-5, 6-8 and 9-12.

Maguire has yet to made a recommendation for such a move. She was initially scheduled to do so in mid February.



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