ptamom

United States

#41 Jan 20, 2013
thats exactly what they told us. Considering closing the due to the cost of repair and up keep. The kids know but not sure how they knew esp a few days before the pta meeting. I think its time to bulid another grade school and knock that one down.

Since: Jun 12

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#42 Jan 21, 2013
Thank you. I went too Logan and Prather for jr high for 1 year. They closed it as a Jr high and I went to Coolidge for a little while. I wouldn't pay to relive those years.
1958 granite lady wrote:
<quoted text> Neidringhaus is next to Wilson Park, by the ice rink. Emerson was the school by the Nestle Tea Plant. Granite City still has Frohardt, Mitchell, Wilson, Worthen, Maryville and Prather. Coolidge and Grigsby are the middle schools, and now just the one high school on Madison Avenue. Granite City used to have a lot of schools. I remember Webster,Logan,and Washington. McKinley and Central were in downtown area. Later on, a second Logan school was built. Nameoki and Johnson no longer exist. North High is now SWIC. And then there were the Catholic schools: St. Joseph,Sacred Heart,St.Elizabeth,St.Margaret -Mary, I think that is all the schools Granite City had. If I have forgotten any, please add to the list. I love the history of Granite City. If you miss GC, Go to an older topic : Ruth's Grill !
informed citizen

United States

#43 Jan 21, 2013
The closing has not been officialy confirmed yet but will be at the end of this month. Source-district employee.
Momof3

United States

#44 Jan 21, 2013
wishingwell231 wrote:
Have never heard of mold in the building. Hopefully that is not the case.
not trying to start a fight bout a friend of mine was told that by another shcool worker
Parent

Edwardsville, IL

#45 Jan 22, 2013
Heard today on the FB PTA page for Neidringhaus that there will be a meeting with the board on the 30th at 6PM for parents. I will be there with questions, that's for sure! Are they thinking that over-crowding the other elementary schools won't hurt the education of these children? I guess I'm just hoping they have a really good plan B if this goes through. I'm concerned and eager to hear the board's proposal on this. I hope to see many concerned parents that are willing and able to help this school out in whatever is needed.
overcrowding

Troy, IL

#46 Jan 23, 2013
The other elementary buildings would not be over crowded if they move 5th grade to Grigsby and 7th to Coolidge. That frees up plenty of space.
WellGetThis

Granite City, IL

#47 Jan 23, 2013
Parent wrote:
Heard today on the FB PTA page for Neidringhaus that there will be a meeting with the board on the 30th at 6PM for parents. I will be there with questions, that's for sure! Are they thinking that over-crowding the other elementary schools won't hurt the education of these children? I guess I'm just hoping they have a really good plan B if this goes through. I'm concerned and eager to hear the board's proposal on this. I hope to see many concerned parents that are willing and able to help this school out in whatever is needed.
I heard about the meeting. I was told the questions would have to be presented in writing which is a good idea. We don't need a bunch of people crying about their individual need.

We all need to think of what is good for our community and schools. If they can save a major amount of money by closing this old building I say do it. If they move the fifth grades to Grigsby they open up at least two or three classrooms for the remaining elelmentaries which should take care of the newcomers.

I also think unless we as parents want our taxes to go up we need to listen to the findings of the superintendent that this is a major cost reduction. Taxes are high enough.

I'm sure this will be a good move for some and a bad move for others as individuals but let's look at the big picture. Our community is dying on the vine. We've lost population, we've lost industry that provided jobs and our property values are in decline. We have to find ways to stay afloat until someday things turn back around.

Good luck to all concerned.
CandyCane

United States

#48 Jan 24, 2013
I work at Niedringhaus.I had 2 children tell me that the cafeteria worker i believe her name is Joan told a child & a 4th grade teacher announced tote class that the school is shutting down. I have heard and known about this rumor for quite some time. I think its unfortunate that school personnel was telling children this before parents were even informed. This is 2 seperate children keep in mind. So somebody was running their mouth. As far as the teachers here, I dont care for most of them as a person but as ar as teaching and the children they are really really good to them. It is NOT their fault. This has been coming or along time.Believe me.
CandyCane

United States

#49 Jan 24, 2013
Why wrote:
they were NOT told the building was closing at the end of the school year. They were told that it is being considered but no decision has been made final. Dont spread rumors.
Says you. According to my son's teacher they will not be in that school next year. Your source?
Exactly. This teacher did in fact tell the whole class this. Is your child in 4th grade perhaps?
CandyCane

United States

#50 Jan 24, 2013
Momof3 wrote:
<quoted text> not trying to start a fight bout a friend of mine was told that by another shcool worker
No mold just it will cost more to improve...if there was mold ppl the kids woild be taken out immediately come on now.
just a thought

Granite City, IL

#51 Jan 24, 2013
its not mold the situation is more about the cost of running the school and retrofitting it to be completely up to date for handicapped people
ab

United States

#52 Jan 24, 2013
Niedringhaus is closing and Grigsby will be 5th and 6th grades and Coolidge will be 7th and 8th starting next year. The district sent a letter out.
Why

Granite City, IL

#53 Jan 24, 2013
wishingwell231 wrote:
Yes I'm sure they would just not to their students without parents having been notified first. Now since you seem determined (in my opinion) to do nothing but argue, I believe I will disengage from this conversation. You have a really good evening Why
Hate to say I told you so but..........
wishingwell231

Granite City, IL

#54 Jan 24, 2013
the letter was just and invitation to an informational meeting on the 30 to discuss the potential changes. It is not a done deal. They not only have to take into consideration the redistricting of students, but teachers alike. This is major project and may take a considerable amount of time to iron the whole thing out. And"Why" If and when the district announces it as a done deal you still can't say I told you so to me because remember I have never said it wouldn't happen, I said it hasn't happend yet!
Why

Granite City, IL

#55 Jan 24, 2013
wishingwell231 wrote:
the letter was just and invitation to an informational meeting on the 30 to discuss the potential changes. It is not a done deal. They not only have to take into consideration the redistricting of students, but teachers alike. This is major project and may take a considerable amount of time to iron the whole thing out. And"Why" If and when the district announces it as a done deal you still can't say I told you so to me because remember I have never said it wouldn't happen, I said it hasn't happend yet!
What's to consider moving teachers? Mrs. Smith, please report to Maryville tomorrow. Thank you.

If they're going to do this by next school year my guess is you'll see a decision very quickly after this meeting. Time is their enemy. Just kidding about the I told you so. It's not important who said what, only that our kids get taken care of.
wishingwell231

Granite City, IL

#56 Jan 24, 2013
Actually reassigning teachers is not as easy as one might think. There are things to consider such as the grade level needs of each building, senority of staff and teachers who have to pack up years worth of their material and move it to another building. The district has to make sure that movement of personnel is in accordance with the union contract also.

I suspect this has been in the planning and discussion stages for quite sometime. If this is going to happen the research into such a project has already been done. Another thing to consider is this is an election year for seats on the board. Redistricting a building plus full of students may not sit well with the voting public. And since the board has the final say, well is making this move and disrupting a building plus full of students the wisest move to make?

I believe that the district will do what is best for 1. the children and 2. the district finances. And "Wjy" I agree the children are what is most important no matter what they decide.:)
wishingwell231

Granite City, IL

#57 Jan 24, 2013
sorry meant Why not Wjy
The Living Tribunal

Granite City, IL

#58 Jan 25, 2013
This conversation (closing Niedringhaus and moving 5th to Grigsby and 7th to Coolidge) has been going on since October or earlier. Renovation costs of Niedringhaus is the biggest concern. There was also talk of moving the District #9 offices to Niedringhaus and selling the property at 20th & Adams.
Candycane

United States

#59 Jan 25, 2013
Just got word. Its a done deal. Weds should be interesting.
Candycane

United States

#60 Jan 25, 2013
overcrowding wrote:
The other elementary buildings would not be over crowded if they move 5th grade to Grigsby and 7th to Coolidge. That frees up plenty of space.
Also if possible they will probably open up more classrooms at these other schools.dont freak out ppl. Its part of life. These things happen all the time.This was coming sooner or later.

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