Allendale Board of Education
To Close New Options Building
At its March 14 meeting, The Allendale Board of Education approved a resolution to close the New Options High School building effective the end of the 2015-16 school year. Declining enrollment, operating at a deficit and the higher cost of maintaining the 60-year-old building prompted the Board
of Education to initiate a comprehensive study of the continued feasibility, which began in 2009 and concluded with the March 14, 2016 decision. Careful consideration was given, and it was determined that student access to comprehensive programming would be better achieved by transitioning to a more inclusive learning environment.
New Options High School and its GED equivalent program offer students who are behind in credits, an alternative learning environment that is patterned to accelerate individual learning. Enrollment has dwindled from a high of 90 to the current low of 49. Parents and guardians of New Options students were notified by mail in February that the Board was considering closing the building and offered the opportunity to speak with administration and/or attend the March Board meeting. District administrators are now working on plans for a successful transition for the New Options program for the 2016-17 school year.