Douglas School District restructures elementary for 2017

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Box Elder, SD (KOTA) - It is a slight change for students returning to school in the fall. Francis Case and Badger Clark schools will work as one building, with grades K-3 on both sides.

Currently the school is set up as two wings, K-1 in Badger Clark and 2-3 in Francis Case.

The change comes after much academic research and a faculty retreat. The Douglas School District Superintendent, Allan Kerr says that this was a carefully thought of and well researched decision.

"Academic research says that fewer transitions for young kids will result in higher academic levels, and better psychological and emotional outcomes," said Kerr.

Currently, students in the Douglas School system see three transitions before they get to middle school. The new method will take away one of those transitions.

There are a few parents and teachers who oppose the change, but Francis Case Principal, Jeannie Clark, says change can be a good thing.

The new method will also allow teachers to get to know student's families better as the kids will spend four years in the wing opposed to two.

Badger Clark Principal, Troy Volesky says that the community has always been a huge part of the school district, and they were taken into consideration during this process as well.

The Douglas School Board has already voted on this change, and the Badger Clark and Francis Case schools are excited to see the change.