Letter from Superintendent Heid Regarding Alturas Elementary

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Letter From Superintendent Heid for Alturas Elementary

Dear parents,

I want to make you aware of some discussions taking place regarding the future of Alturas Elementary.

Alturas Elementary, originally built in 1947, is a school with a rich history. Generations of students and staff members fondly recall their years spent on this campus. However, this aging facility is also becoming quite expensive to maintain.

Public utilities are not available at the school’s location. As a result, there are significant costs to keep its well safe for drinking and septic tank sanitary. Last year, maintenance costs for Alturas Elementary were roughly $110,000. By comparison, a school of similar size required about $40,000 in maintenance costs.

As superintendent, it is my responsibility to make sure we are efficiently and effectively using all available resources to provide a high-quality education to our community’s children in the best facilities possible.

During today’s work session, district staff and School Board members talked about the rising costs associated with keeping Alturas Elementary operational as a school site and the overall condition of the campus. One option being explored is transferring Alturas Elementary’s students and staff to a new school site being developed at the northwest corner of CR 653 and Old Bartow-Lake Wales Road.

Please understand that no final decision has been made at this time. This option has only been discussed and has NOT been voted upon by the School Board.

Before making any decision, we want to collect feedback from Alturas Elementary’s parents, staff members and other stakeholders. They will be invited to share their thoughts during a community meeting. We will schedule this meeting in the coming weeks.

Alturas Elementary parents will be notified of this meeting via an automated phone call, email and letter sent home with their child. It will also be posted to the school’s website.

I would encourage you to attend this meeting. Our goal is to best serve the students of our community while also being good stewards of our facilities and resources.

Sincerely,

Frederick Heid
Superintendent