Meeting set for Thursday to address Grand Forks Air Force Base school consolidation
The Nathan Twining Elementary and Middle School on Grand Forks Air Force Base will have enough capacity to accommodate a school consolidation if it’s necessary, and the teacher-to-student ratio goal will remain the same, according to information released by the Grand Forks district Friday.
In anticipation of a public meeting Thursday that will discuss the consolidation of base schools, the district released a list of frequently asked questions, school history, enrollment data and other information on its website. If a consolidation occurs, the district said it will continue to aim for the same student-to-teacher ratio, including of 16 to 20 students per classroom for grades K-2 and 18 to 22 students per classroom for third through fifth grade.
The consolidation of the two schools — Carl Ben Eielson Elementary School and Twining — has been discussed for several years, mostly because of declining enrollment. In 1995, the overall student population reached its peak of 1,574 but has since declined to 343 today, according to the district. School officials anticipate enrollment will continue to remain flat because of decreased availability of housing on the base, which has been tied in part to federal budget cuts.
The public can attend the meeting at 3:30 p.m. at Nathan Twining Elementary and Middle School at 1422 Louisiana St. on the Air Base.