Students who are getting a second chance in the Green Bay School District will soon have a new home.
School administrators say they believe in the long run having a separate school for troubled students will save the district money by eliminating jobs.
The district has approved buying the Girl Scout Office building on Finger Road, on the city's far east side.
Starting in January, the conference rooms and supply spaces at this Girl Scout office will become classrooms and study spots for students in alternative programs.
The students in those programs have had discipline problems. Some have even faced expulsion.
“It’s a place where we give students a second chance to make amends and to get back on track,” said Dorff.
On Monday the school board gave the go-ahead to buy the building for $395 thousand.
Administrators say the new site will streamline the program. Right now, it's split up in five different sites.
With everyone under the same roof, the district will cut back on two support staff positions.
That will save $150 thousand a year.
The district will also save $75 thousand a year in rent.
“We pay fees every month to Trinity Lutheran, the Boys and Girls Club on the east side, the Boys and Girls Club on the west side, and Family Services to house our students,” said Claudia Henrickson, the district director of Special Education.
FOX 11 wasn't allowed to speak with current alternative school students on camera.
But administrators say having handfuls of students scattered in different schools around town has created problems.
“We have noticed that the students are acting out,” said Henrickson. “And we don't have the staff right there on site to be able to change that behavior.”
Educators say alternative programs teach students to make good choices after they've made some bad ones. And once they've made those changes, they can go back to their original schools. But educators say having one location could make them feel more at home and make them want to go to class.
“When you're in a beautiful building, you feel more valued,” said Dorff.
District staff says the students may even have a chance to name their new school.
Starting in January, middle school students will move into the building.
Next fall, high school students will join them.
The district will continue to rent the Trinity Lutheran School classrooms for elementary students with behavioral issues.
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