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Ken-Ton to air feedback about consolidation scenarios’ effect on staff

Over the last several weeks, principals, curriculum learning specialists and food service personnel were asked how each of four consolidation scenarios under consideration in the Kenmore-Townawanda School District would affect their staffs.

School Superintendent Mark P. Mondanaro told the the School Board Tuesday that details about that process will be made public this week.

“Now, we will slowly lead up to experimenting with the application that will look at what would happen in the scenarios if certain schools were closed,” he said after the meeting. “But because we already have all of this information, that may impact how we input those scenarios.”

Meanwhile the board learned Tuesday that enrollment in the district declined by nearly 10 percent over the past five years from 7,841 to 7,069 students in the district’s 13 instructional buildings. The decline is projected to ease to 6 percent over the next five years to an estimated 6,491 students in 2018-19.

The district plans to use computer software to model the different consolidation scenarios, which were devised by the board and an outside consultant.

Under a scenario proposed in September, one of the district’s two high schools would contain grades 10 through 12; a junior high school in the other building would contain grades 7 through 9; and there would be prekindergarten through grade 6 at an undetermined number of elementary schools – although at least two, but possibly four, elementary schools would close.

The other three scenarios would:

• Close one undetermined elementary school and one undetermined middle school.

• Close Kenmore Middle and two or three undetermined elementary schools; reconfigure Kenmore East and West to include grades 8 through 12; reconfigure Franklin Middle and Hoover Middle to include grades 5 through 7; and reconfigure Franklin Elementary and Hoover Elementary and two or three undetermined elementary schools to include pre-K through grade 4.

• Reconfigure Kenmore East and West to include grades 7 through 12; reconfigure the Hoover and Franklin complexes to include pre-K through grade 6; and transform two undetermined elementary schools into “specialty” or “themed” elementary schools.

Board members have said slipping enrollment is a main reason why the consolidation process was undertaken more than one year ago.

Mondanaro said the district in late January will hold a series of public forums – three for employees and three for the public – on the results of his leadership team’s research.

“A bunch of us will present what we found in the four consolidation scenarios to the employees and the community to whoever attends,” he said.

Also at Tuesday’s meeting:

• Dana named the district’s representatives to a public forum Thursday to discuss education reform efforts with State Education Commissioner John B. King Jr. and Board of Regents Member Robert M. Bennett. Dana will represent the board while Peter C. Stuhlmiller, president of the Kenmore Teachers Association, will represent staff and Dawn Stinner, vice president of the PTSA Council, will represent parents.

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