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-Town of Tonawanda School District would affect their staffs.
School Superintendent Mark P. Mondanaro told the School Board on 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 elementary school and one middle school.
• Close Kenmore Middle and two or three 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 other elementary schools to include pre-K through grade 4.
• Reconfigure Kenmore East and West to include grades 7 through 12; reconfigure Hoover and Franklin to include pre-K through grade 6; and transform two other elementary schools into “specialty” or “themed” elementary schools.
Board members have said slipping enrollment is the main reason why the consolidation process was undertaken more than a year ago.
Mondanaro said the district will hold a series of public forums in late January – three for employees and three for the public – on the results of the leadership team’s research.
“A bunch of us will present what we found in the four consolidation scenarios to the employees and the community,” he said.
Also at Tuesday’s meeting:
Dana named the district’s representatives to a public forum today 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.