Brewington Academy's relocation still up in air

Must leave Mayewood Middle campus due to consolidation

BY BRUCE MILLS
bruce@theitem.com
Posted 5/16/18

In the school district's whirlwind of activities in the recent months, one important piece of the puzzle still remains unsolved - Brewington Academy.

Brewington is the district's alternative school for middle and high school children with …

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Brewington Academy's relocation still up in air

Must leave Mayewood Middle campus due to consolidation

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In the school district's whirlwind of activities in the recent months, one important piece of the puzzle still remains unsolved - Brewington Academy.

Brewington is the district's alternative school for middle and high school children with disciplinary issues and is located on the campus of Mayewood Middle School.

With Mayewood closing at the end of this school year and its students consolidating onto the campus of R.E. Davis Elementary School about two miles away as a revamped K-8 school, what will happen to Brewington and its estimated 180 students?

Interim Superintendent Debbie Hamm has admitted in the past couple months it is not an easy issue to solve in finding enough self-contained space at another school to fit Brewington.

Initially, when she unveiled the administration's consolidation proposal on March 12, Hamm didn't have an identified school to relocate Brewington. At a March 26 board meeting, she proposed it be housed at Hillcrest Middle School in Dalzell for at least next school year. Hillcrest was where Hamm had also initially proposed Rafting Creek Elementary School be consolidated into as a third school closure. Along with Mayewood, F.J. DeLaine Elementary School was approved for closure and consolidation into Cherryvale Elementary School as a K-8 school.

After discovering significant facility upgrades would be needed at Hillcrest to get the school up to proper building code for adding new students, she took Hillcrest off the table in early April.

The question of Brewington's relocation was brought up again during public participation at Monday's board meeting at Chestnut Oaks Middle School.

After the board meeting, Hamm addressed the issue.

"Given the number of students, the number of classrooms required and office spaces for guidance counselors and others who serve the kids, it takes a continuous (self-contained) space, and we're trying to look for the right place for that," Hamm said.

She said Brewington Academy will be housed at another school next year and that the district doesn't plan on purchasing a new facility.

Hamm said she plans to present a recommendation for Brewington to the school board at its next scheduled meeting on June 19.

"I have floor plans on my desk right now, and we continue looking at it," Hamm said. "I know time is running short to make a decision, but I don't have a decision at this point in time."