CAMBRIDGE, Ohio — The Cambridge City Schools will hold a series of informational meetings to address questions and concerns about the pending reorganization of the district’s elementary school buildings.

Superintendent Dan Coffman tells AVC News that the planned reorganization of buildings is meant to “streamline and improve educational opportunities for students, while also making the most sound financial decisions possible.” Coffman said that, under Gov. John Kasich’s state budget proposal, Cambridge could lose more than $600,000 in state funding. He says that the decision is “difficult, but student-centered.”

Coffman said that the district will host a series of community meetings regarding the elementary building changes this week. The meetings will be held in the South Elementary School cafeteria on April 24 at 5:45 p.m.; the Central Elementary cafeteria also on April 24 at 7:30 p.m.; and the North Elementary cafeteria on April 26 at 6 p.m.

The Board of Education last Tuesday, voted unanimously to change which of the district’s buildings students of a given grade level will attend. Under the reorganization plan, kindergarten-to-second grade students will attend Central Elementary School and third-through-fifth graders will attend North Elementary School. South Elementary will house pre-school students, as well as the district’s administrative offices.

Under the plan, the former Oakland Elementary building on Clairmont Avenue and the current district offices on Fairdale Drive will be sold.
The reorganization is planned to take effect at the beginning of the 2017-2018 school year.