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A “data-gathering phase” has begun as the Ken-Ton School District embarks on a consolidation study, the superintendent reported Tuesday night.

Principals of the district’s 13 schools have provided SES Study Team of Canastota information about how space in their buildings is used, Superintendent Mark P. Mondanaro said. Among other requests by the consultant, the Buildings and Grounds Department has been asked for data about the condition of all the buildings.

District officials are looking at the possibility of consolidating school buildings to minimize operating expenses in light of declining enrollment and financial challenges. The School Board has voted to close Jefferson, one of the eight elementary schools, next year.

The district will choose a large group of community stakeholders early next year to evaluate the data compiled by the consultants and make recommendations to the board about the district’s future composition of schools.

In other business Tuesday, Mondanaro said work also continues by a committee studying turf athletic fields for the district. In a memo to the superintendent, Brett A. Banker, supervisor of the Department of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Athletics, reported that a meeting is being sought for later this month to discuss preliminary design ideas. Banker will meet with an architect and the firm managing the district’s capital projects.

A majority of Turf Feasibility Committee members support further research into the Adams Field/Franklin Complex, Banker reiterated. A cost analysis will be presented to the superintendent before the School Board meets in January. The committee assumes that 82 percent of costs would be covered by state aid because of construction work in the buildings adjacent to the proposed sites.

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