Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

General Questions

South Vienna 7th and 8th Grades
Preschool
Northeastern High School
South Vienna 6th Grade
South Vienna Elementary (K-5th Grade)
Rolling Hills Elementary
Northridge Elementary and Middle School
Kenton Ridge High School

What are the proposed changes?

There are three pieces to the proposal:

      • South Vienna 7th and 8th grade would move to Northeastern High School. 

      • Two special education units would move to new buildings:

            º A middle school unit (currently at South Vienna Middle School) would move to Northridge Middle School

            º A cross-categorical high school transition unit (currently at Northeastern High School) would move to Kenton Ridge High  School (a second cross-categorical high school transition unit would remain at NEHS).

      •  Preschool classes currently at Northeastern High School would move to elementary schools.

            º The classroom serving students from the west side of the district would move to Rolling Hills Elementary.

            º The classroom serving students from the east side of the district would move to South Vienna Elementary.

When would the changes take place?

The changes would take place at the start of the 2020-2021 school year.

Why are the changes being considered?

At the South Vienna property, construction on the new PK-12 school would be close to the northwest and west parts of the building. Under the proposed plan, we would be able to empty these classrooms to minimize disruptions for our students.

What are some of the benefits of the change?

      • Minimizing disruptions from construction.

      • Beginning the process of aligning the grade bands to the new school facilities:

            º PK-6 grade would make up the elementary sections.

            º 7-12th grades would make up the secondary sections.

      • Some South Vienna classrooms that are currently in open classrooms would be able to move to closed classrooms that would minimize distractions and disruptions. 

            º This would be particularly helpful for third grade students because the state requires third grade students to pass a high-stakes reading test to move to 4th grade.

      • Three staff members who currently travel between Northeastern and South Vienna Elementary would no longer need to travel.

      • Provides the opportunity to offer additional courses and/or sections of classes like Health or foreign languages.

How would students be impacted by the proposal?

Please click here to see a detailed listing of how students who attend NELSD schools would be affected by the plan.

Why is the plan only necessary for the Northeastern side of the district?

The proposal is driven by the construction needs for the facilities project. The new PK-12 building at the Kenton Ridge site is located further away from the current school and would not impact district operations. 

Would staff be reduced due under the proposed plan?

No, there are no plans to reduce staff under this proposal. Some staff members will be better utilized because they will no longer travel between buildings. 

 

South Vienna 7th and 8th Grades

What part of the building would 7th and 8th grade students have classes in?

Seventh and eighth grade core classes would be clustered in the current math wing (formerly preschool and kindergarten classes that were located at NEHS). 

What would the middle school experience be like?

The NELSD staff feels strongly that it’s important for 7th and 8th grade students to still have a middle school experience and has planned to make that possible. They would still have their own dances, activities, athletics, and student organizations, and during the school day, activities like lunch would be with other middle school students.

Would middle school students use the same restrooms as high school students?

The restrooms near the 7th/8th grade hall would be designated for middle school use only. High school students would use the restrooms near the Main Office. 

Would middle school students have lunch with high school students?

Seventh and eighth grade students would eat lunch during the A lunch; 9-12th grade students would eat during B and C lunch. A fourth lunch section could be added if necessary.

How would arrival and dismissal work?

At arrival and dismissal, 7th and 8th grade students would travel to their lockers and classes via the “back hallway” which passes by the training room, band room and choir room.  

High School students would proceed to lockers and classrooms via the main hallway.

Would middle school students have PE with high school students?

A master schedule has been developed that has a period between all middle school and high school classes; 7th and 8th grade students would not have PE with high school students and would not use the locker rooms at the same time. 

How would middle school athletics be impacted?

Seventh and eighth grade students would continue to have the same athletic opportunities.

  • Middle School football would continue practicing/playing and using locker rooms at NEHS site.
  • Middle School volleyball would move to NEHS, utilizing both the front and back gyms.
  • Middle School boys and girls basketball would play their games at NEHS (back gym).
  • Middle School track would continue to practice at the NEHS site.
  • Middle School cheerleading would practice at NEHS.
  • Middle School cross country would practice at NEHS or a site determined by the coach.
  • The Athletic Trainer and Athletic Director would have only one site to support, instead of two. 

How would transportation be affected?

Seventh and eighth grade students would continue to ride the second transportation route with 9-12th grade students. Sixth grade students would move to the first transportation route with preschool through 5th grades. 

How would hallways be monitored?

All teachers would be in the hallway outside classrooms at each change of classes, including before and after school, to monitor hallways.

How would staffing work for the middle school?

Current South Vienna Middle School Principal Mr. Zack Dobbelaere would be the administrator assigned to 7th and 8th grade and would join Mr. Todd Justice (current NEHS principal and former SVMS principal) at Northeastern High School.

Guidance Counselor Mr. Shawn Adkins would split time between serving 7th and 8th grade at NEHS and assisting with some responsibilities at South Vienna Elementary School.

The Northeastern High School tech aide and secretaries would support 7th and 8th grades.

How would supervision be handled at Northeastern Junior/Senior High School?

Staff members will provide supervision throughout the school day, including outside during arrival and dismissal, during afterschool activities.

 

Preschool

How would preschool students be affected?

Two preschool classrooms currently located at Northeastern High School would move out of the building.

  • The classroom serving students from the west side of the district would move to Rolling Hills Elementary.
  • The classroom serving students from the east side of the district would move to South Vienna Elementary.

How would transportation be affected?

Preschool students would continue to ride the first transportation route with elementary (K-6) students.

 

Northeastern High School

How would Northeastern High School 9-12th Grade students be affected?

Some classrooms would relocate to accommodate the 7th and 8th grade classrooms. This would mostly affect the current “Math Hallway” at NEHS.

NEHS students would use the restroom closest to the Main Office. Middle School Students would use the restrooms located near the 7-8th grade hallway.

Who would be the administrator for 9-12th grade students?

Mr. Todd Justice would remain the Northeastern High School principal. He would be joined by current South Vienna Middle School Principal Zack Dobbelaere, who would be the administrator for 7-8th grades.

How would transportation for 9-12th grade students be affected?

Ninth through 12th grade students would continue to ride the second route of the day, along with 7-8th grade students.

Who would be the guidance counselor for 9-12th grade students?

Miss Jane Warren would continue to be the 9-12th grade counselor. Mr. Shawn Adkins would be the guidance counselor for 7-8th grade and would split time between Northeastern and South Vienna Elementary.

 

South Vienna 6th Grade

How would South Vienna 6th graders be affected?

South Vienna 6th grade students would remain at South Vienna Elementary School. They would ride the first transportation route of the day to and from school with PK-5 grade students.

Who would be the administrator for 6th grade students?

Curriculum Director Mrs. Belinda Banks would be the administrator assigned to 5th and 6th grades. She would join South Vienna Elementary Principal Mrs. Denise Jones at South Vienna Elementary.

How would transportation for 6th grade students be affected?

Sixth grade students would ride the first transportation route of the day to and from school with PK-5 grade students.

Would 6th grade students still be able to take choir and band?

Yes. Mr. Tom DiNuoscio and Mr. David Wilson would continue to travel to South Vienna Elementary to offer choir and band for 5th and 6th grades.

Who would be the guidance counselor for 6th grade students?

Mrs. Laura Hufford would be assigned to South Vienna Elementary full-time. Mr. Shawn Adkins would split time between the Middle School and South Vienna Elementary School. 

 

South Vienna Elementary

How would South Vienna Kindergarten through 5th Grade students be affected?

Many classrooms at South Vienna Elementary would relocate over the summer. This would be done to move away from the construction noise that would affect the northwest and west classrooms, and to keep grade bands together for optimal teamwork and efficiency. 

Would 5th grade students still be able to take choir and band?

Yes. Mr. Tom DiNuoscio and Mr. David Wilson would continue to travel to South Vienna Elementary to offer choir and band for 5th and 6th grades.

Who would be the administrator for South Vienna Elementary?

Mrs. Denise Jones would remain the South Vienna Elementary Principal, working primarily with preschool through 4th grades. Curriculum Director Mrs. Belinda Banks would join Mrs. Jones at SVES, and would be the administrator for 5-6th grades.

 

Rolling Hills Elementary

How would Rolling Hills Elementary be affected?

Rolling Hills Elementary would have an additional preschool classroom, which was previously housed at NEHS. There would be no other changes that impact Rolling Hills students directly.

 

Northridge Elementary and Middle School

How would Northridge Elementary and Middle School be affected?

A middle school cross-categorical unit would relocate from SVMS to Northridge Middle School. There would be no other changes that impact  Northridge Elementary and Middle School students directly.

 

Kenton Ridge High School

How would Kenton Ridge High School School be affected?

A high school transitional unit would relocate from NEHS to Kenton Ridge High School (a second cross-categorical high school transitional unit would remain at Northeastern High School). There would be no other changes that impact Kenton Ridge High School students directly.


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Questions? 
Please email any questions or concerns to newfacilities@nelsd.org.
 
Suggestions
 If you have suggestions for other plans or ideas the district could consider, please email them to newfacilities@nelsd.org.