Town of Tonawanda
Applicants to a focus group tasked with prioritizing eight scenarios for consolidation in the Ken-Ton School District during a day-long session Saturday have been notified by mail of their acceptance to the group.
School Superintendent Mark P. Mondanaro said he is pleased with the makeup of the group that was chosen by a committee of school board members and upper level administrators from approximately 152 applications.
The group has representation from every attendance zone in the district, Mondanaro said, adding that while all members are district residents there are fewer employees than plain residents.
“That’s by design,” said Mondanaro. “It wasn’t supposed to be tilted toward the majority of employees and we avoided that completely.”
Some parents are concerned there is a disproportionately low number of representatives from the Village of Kenmore, said Jill Y. O’Malley, director of the Ken-Ton Parent Association.
Mondanaro declined to provide The News with a list of the members,
“We want to just stick to the process the way it is,” he said. “Those people have been informed. The people who are going to be on it are the people who need to know.”
The scenarios were developed by SES Study Team, the Canastota, N.Y.-based consulting firm hired to look at more-efficient ways to organize the district’s education programs while preserving and increasing student opportunities over the next few years.
Applicants who were not selected for the group will also be informed by a letter from the district. By July 1 the final report from SES that includes the focus group’s input will be made public.
Also this week:
• The Tonawanda Town Board meets at 7:30 p.m. Monday in Council Chambers at the municipal building, 2919 Delaware Ave. A work session begins at 4 in the second-floor conference room.
• The Kenmore Village Board meets at 8 p.m. Tuesday in Council Chambers at the municipal building, 2919 Delaware Ave. A work session begins at 6:30 in the mayor’s office on the first floor.
• An alumni open house will be held Tuesday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Jefferson Elementary School, which will be closing this summer. Alumni and their families are welcome to return for a final visit to the school. Old yearbooks will be on display, past and present teachers and support staff will be on hand and photos of the current year’s activities and video of previous years’ variety shows will be on view. Alumni are asked to enter through the front door at 250 Athens Blvd. Current students will transition to Hoover Elementary School in the fall.
• The Ken-Ton Closet, a community project that provides donated clothing at no cost to children living in Kenmore and Tonawanda, will be open Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Families who need assistance may enter at door 5 in the back of the Sheridan Parkside Community Center, 169 Sheridan Parkside Drive. Families may receive up to three outfits per child while supplies last. Parents or guardians must show ID to prove residency. The group will also accept donations of winter coats, new socks and new underwear. For more information or to volunteer Wednesday, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a message at 218-9589.
• The Town of Tonawanda Planning Board meets at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the second-floor conference room at the municipal building.
• The Kenmore Village Improvement Society’s Block Club Committee is holding a Flag Day contest on June 14. The block that has the most flags displayed with care will win a prize. Block Representative Howard Ehrhardt, a Vietnam veteran, is coordinating the event. Blocks must enter by contacting Melissa Foster at 877-0477 or Melissa@villageofkenmore.com. Winners will be notified by phone at the end of the day.