***Update February 24th***
All Brooks families were sent letters indicating the new school placements based on resident address and new district boundaries. Families were provided an opportunity to indicate acceptance of the new school placement or indicate a 1st or 2nd choice for open enrollment consideration and return by Friday, February 17th.
Brooks families have been given priority placement for Open Enrollment for the 2017-18 school year. All requests that were received by February 17th either through the office of pupil personnel, or via return of notification letter, have been approved. Confirmation letters indicating the new school assignment were mailed to families on Thursday, February 23rd.
The Schools of Choice and Open Enrollment window for the fall semester of the 2017-18 school year remains open through September 8, 2017. While some grade levels may be closed at some buildings, space is available at many Huron Valley Schools.
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Resident Students - Redistricting Information
Each Brooks family residing in the Brooks attendance area within the Huron Valley School District will be receiving a letter with specific information about redistricting and your child's school assignment for the 2017-18 school year. Below are the new boundaries:
- Brooks attendance area (1000-2301) Hill Rd and areas east of Hill Rd in White Lake Twp to Oxbow
- Brooks attendance area (5550-6800) Grass Lake Rd in White Lake Twp to Oxbow
- Brooks attendance area west of Hill Rd in White Lake Twp to Lakewood
- Brooks attendance area (4500-5549) Grass Lake Rd in White Lake Twp to Lakewood
- Brooks attendance area on Ridge Rd, Lockwood & Grove St in Highland Twp to Lakewood
- All other Brooks attendance area in Highland Twp to Spring Mills
- Categorical CI program will be moving from Oxbow to Kurtz
All other school boundaries in the Huron Valley School District remain unchanged.
All residences currently in the Brooks attendance area will remain in the White Lake Middle School and Lakeland High School attendance areas.
Schools of Choice / Open Enrollment Information
Students enrolled at Brooks Elementary through the Schools of Choice program will be assiged, and have guaranteed placement, at either Lakewood, Oxbow or Spring Mills. A letter with specific information will be sent in the upcoming days to each Schools of Choice family. Families can apply to another Huron Valley School through the Schools of Choice program for the 2017-18 school year.
Students enrolled at Brooks through the Open Enrollment program will be assigned back to their "home school" based on address. Families can apply to another Huron Valley School through the Open Enrollment program for the 2017-18 school year.
The enrollment window for the fall semester of the 2017-18 school year is now open through September 8, 2017. Space is available for Schools of Choice and Open Enrollment students at Lakewood, Oxbow and Spring Mills as well as other Huron Valley Schools.
Letter to Brooks Families
Huron Valley Schools Board of Education approved the closure of Brooks Elementary at the end of the 2016-17 school year. Making this decision was extremely difficult for the Board and the Administrative Team. We know closing Brooks is emotional and creates a sense of loss for the families, staff and students who call Brooks home.
As you are likely aware, closing Brooks is one of several cost containment actions being taken by the board in order to address the school district’s structural deficit. A number of years of declining enrollment due to low birth rates and low state funding have combined to create an extremely challenging financial forecast. The comprehensive cost containment plan contains multiple cost containment initiatives that have already been put in place or are planned for the 2017-18 school year.
With the decision made to close Brooks, you are likely wondering, “What now?” Students who attend Brooks will be re-assigned to one of three excellent schools in our district: Lakewood, Oxbow or Spring Mills. We also intend to work closely with our Schools of Choice and Open Enrollment families to accommodate their specific needs.
Within the next two weeks you will receive a letter outlining the details of your students’ transition. Our Brooks families and students will have multiple opportunities to get to know their new principal and teachers. In some cases, your student may be reassigned to a building that houses Brooks teachers. Each of the buildings will activate transition teams to develop activities and opportunities for your children to connect with their new school. The Brooks transition team will include Principal Jennifer Bjorkman, to assist families in moving forward to their new school. Mrs. Bjorkman will be assisted by a number of other staff from Brooks.
Closing a school building is one of the most difficult tasks a board and administration will ever undertake. On behalf of the district I want to thank you for being part of the Brooks family and also reassure you that your child’s next school will be welcoming and dedicated to the success of each and every student.
Nancy Coratti, Ph.D.
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