Nineteen months in the making, the Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda School District’s final consolidation study will be presented in upcoming public forums.
Forums for district employees and residents will begin at 4 and 7 p.m. March 27 in the auditorium of Hoover Middle School, 249 Thorncliff Road; and at the same times March 31 in the auditorium of Kenmore East High School, Brighton and Fries roads. School Superintendent Mark P. Mondanaro and his team will explain the report’s findings and answer questions.
Further, a special public consolidation work session is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. April 1 in Kenmore East’s auditorium. There will be an opportunity for public comment and questions, but with time limits.
“We have collected an unbelievable amount of data to consider,” said Bob Dana, president of the Ken-Ton School Board. “It took a great deal of time for all of the project’s work to be completed.”
Board members have said the process is necessary to achieve cost savings, correct disparate class sizes across the district and shrink to a size commensurate with its enrollment of about 7,100 students.
Each of the four consolidation scenarios involve closing multiple schools and reconfiguring the others.
“It is our hope that our employees, as well as district residents, take advantage of these opportunities to become informed as we all move forward to ensure a successful future for our children,” Mondanaro said. “It is also very important that residents and employees read the entire report and not just the actual scenario program enhancement and cost benefit analysis section.”