Claysville’s children in grades K-4 will no longer be able to go to school in their hometown

During the Marshall County School Board of Education (MCBOE) meeting, Superintendent Cindy Wigley, Ph.D., made a recommendation for the MCBOE to approve changing the grade structure of Claysville Elementary to only offer pre-K, and grades K-4 to be moved to DAR Elementary School. With no discussion, the board voted to approve the change to be effective in the 2019-2020 school year (SY).

“At Claysville, due to continued falling enrollment the decision has been made to move grades K-4 to DAR Elementary,” Wigley said. “Student enrollment does not provide enough state earned teacher units, and our budget does not allow for locally funded units.

“In an effort to ease the transition for our Claysville students and families, an open house and tour of DAR Elementary is scheduled specifically for them on July 30, 2019,” she continued. “In addition, the Claysville Principal, Dr. [Tenna] Anderton, and teachers from Claysville will join the staff at DAR Elementary. Each family and staff member received a personal phone call last week, and overall, everyone has been very supportive and excited about the transition.”

According to Wigley, the MCBOE would be developing a stronger pre-K program at the Claysville campus.

“We are excited about building our preschool programs at Claysville,” she said. “We will be adding one this year, making a total of five on the campus. A-school [alternative school], and the Home Visitation program will also remain on the campus. Our focus will be to continue providing the best educational opportunities for our students.”

The Claysville campus would also be home to the Office of School Readiness (OSR) preschool, according to Wigley. Since there are many children still on waiting lists for preschool, she said the MCBOE would continue to apply for grants to add more preschools to Claysville.

“We’re not closing,” she said. “Claysville is still a Marshall County school, and we’ve got a lot of support from the parents and the staff.”

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