Missouri Slope Areawide United Way may take over Saxvik Elementary next year when the building no longer operates as a school.
Superintendent Tamara Uselman on Monday told the Bismarck School Board that the nonprofit is interested in turning the school into a “family success center,” which would offer services such as after-school care, preschool, day care, family programs and job training.
Board members gave permission to administrators to explore the matter with United Way, which could lease, lease-to-buy or purchase the building outright from Bismarck Public Schools.
“That’s the kind of positive use that I think really enhances the neighborhood and provides services to that community,” said School Board President Lawrence King.
United Way already has a relationship with Saxvik, sending volunteers into classrooms to help with math and reading and mentor students, according to the school district.
Uselman said a number of entities have approached her about using part of the building, but no one other than United Way has expressed an interest in the entire facility.
King said all options are still on the table, and the board is willing to consider other proposals for Saxvik.
The school board voted April 25 to close the school, citing dwindling enrollment, cost savings and concern over whether the aging facility provides an equitable educational experience for students.
Saxvik’s students will be bused to nearby schools in the fall.
Schools to get five
More classes in Bismarck schools will take place in portables next year.
The Bismarck School Board on Monday authorized moving five portables from Hughes Educational Center to several schools to accommodate growing enrollment.
The portables most recently were used for Legacy High School classes at Hughes before the new building opened last fall. They currently sit empty.
One portable will go to Sunrise Elementary, two to Highland Acres Elementary and two to Century High School.
Moving the portables will cost $50,000, which the school board approved Monday.
King said the school district has an obligation to the city to move the portables, which were fenced in this school year to open West Avenue D to traffic.