Shelton School District Bond - February 14th, 2017

More than ever before it is time to invest in our students.  Education has never been more important than it is today.  Our students face international competition for scholarships, college admission, jobs and an increasing pace of change that impacts their future.  Yet, while the need for quality education continues to increase, our schools need to be updated to address issues such as safety and security, improved technology that prepares students for the 21st century and to construct dynamic learning spaces that are open and flexible, enabling multiuse class-to-class collaboration and evolution of curriculum over time.

The Shelton schools realize that we must change if we are to keep up academically and economically as a community.  That’s why we launched the bond campaign.  Led by the Citizen Bond Committee, our school board and advisory teams at each school, program and facility needs were assessed in light of creating the best possible 21st-century educational culture and at the same time being fiscally responsible.

By addressing schools now, we prevent further deterioration of facilities and ensure our students continue to receive the educational opportunities they need and deserve to succeed in school and in life.

The true essence of our school district bond is founded in the actual transformation of our educational delivery system, with the main goal being student success and the overall improvement of K-12 achievement.

Currently, our schools are configured as follows:  K-5 elementary, 6-7 middle school, 8-9 junior high and a 10-12 high school.  After numerous community and citizen bond committee meetings, which were all advertised and were open to the public, the decision to reconfigure our grade levels was foundational in terms of our final bond recommendations to the school board.  The decision to reconfigure was a unanimous decision by the bond committee.  The committee gave the direction to move as soon as possible to reconfigure in the following manner:  K-4 elementary schools, 5-6 and 7-8 intermediate schools and to move the 9th graders to the high school making Shelton High School a four-year high school.

This model provides the foundation for a more age appropriate, focused and articulated program of teaching and learning grades K-12.

In addition, the bond will provide the following benefits for all schools which consists of a priority on safety and security, improved instructional technology and improved capacity at all seven schools, and in addition provides a 21st-century educational learning environment for all students.