Proposal would give Rigler more space
June 08, 2011
To ease overcrowding, Superintendent Carole Smith is proposing to shift Rigler K-8 School sixth- and seventh-graders to Vernon PK-8 School.
Under the proposal, which must be approved by the Portland School Board, current Rigler sixth- and seventh-graders would attend Vernon when school resumes in September.
Students would continue at Vernon through eighth grade.
Smith says the transfer is needed to give Rigler space. There aren't enough bathrooms, for example, and students rush to eat during the school's four lunch periods.
According to Superintendent Smith's proposal, Vernon is a good fit because it is also a PK-8, is located near Rigler and has room for more students. For Vernon, the transfer would add 100 middle-grade students for a total of 200 — enough for more teachers and programs. The expanded middle-grade program would also have social advantages for students.
The school board’s Student Assignment and Program Initiation and Reconfiguration Committee voted in support of the recommendation June 16. The board will vote June 27.
Share thoughts by speaking at the June 27 board meeting, emailing Superintendent Smith
or the Portland School Board
More information is available in family advisories for Rigler and Vernon families.