District News Roundup
The Roseville, Mich., school board has decided to put all of its school buildings up for sale, including the administration building, in an effort to raise money for the district.
In offering all of the district's 19 buildings for sale, the board is trying to determine which of its properties are the most valuable, said Leroy Herron, assistant superintendent for instruction and curriculum.
Mr. Herron said the district had planned to close two schools this year and two more next year. This approach allows the district to make the choice based on the amount of money the property will generate. In the past 10 years, the district has lost more than 7,000 students, Mr. Herron said. Last year, voters rejected a $2-million millage request.
Mr. Herron said the district has already sold the administration buildings and two others. He said some members of the community are frightened by the school board's decision, "so we had to do a good public-relations job to show that this isn't just to create chaos."
A week after 28 7th-grade boys were allegedly stripped and searched for missing money by two teachers and a principal in the Sandoval, Ill., school system, the town's school board voted to ban such treatment of students.
Although school officials declined to discuss the details of the incident in light of pending lawsuits by parents, they say that the male students were searched during a gym class after a student in the class reported some money was missing.
About 100 citizens gathered in the school system's high-school cafeteria to discuss the incident as the school board deliberated in private.