Nicolet Elementary School in Menasha to close at end of 2021-22 year

MENASHA – The Menasha school board voted to close the nearly 100-year-old Nicolet Elementary School on Monday night.

“It’s served us well for 98 years,” Superintendent Chris VanderHeyden said, but there are multiple reasons to close the school.

Before the vote, VanderHeyden reviewed a five-part rationale for closing the school, including declining enrollment, budget concerns, class sizes, layout of the building and staffing efficiency.

Despite the multitude of reasons, Vander Heyden said, the decision was not made lightly.

Students will finish out the 2021-22 school year at Nicolet, but it will not reopen in the fall. Nicolet’s sister school, Jefferson Elementary, which houses kindergarten through second grade students who go onto third through fifth grade at Nicolet, will remain open.

There aren’t any offers yet, but VanderHeyden said the district’s plan is to sell the building.

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