A civic group in Kenmore is urging the Ken-Ton School Board to delay its decision on a consolidation plan that would close schools within the village.
“We have just received the report and are still making our way through it when we are expected to go to public meetings to discuss it,” Melissa Foster, president of the Kenmore Village Improvement Society, said this morning.
“Then we are told that the School Board may make their final decision about these closings within one month. This time line does not allow for proper discussion opportunities,” Foster said.
“We need to have the time to carefully ask ourselves what we are and what we would be should our schools close,” Foster said.
A public work session will be held tonight on four consolidation proposals; all four call for the closure of Kenmore Middle School, and three recommend closing Roosevelt Elementary School, as well. The work session begins at 6:30 p.m. in the auditorium of Kenmore East High School, at Brighton and Fries roads.
School 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.
Since the release of the final consolidation study report March 20, four meetings have been held with district staff and residents to review the options.
Kenmore Mayor Patrick Mang also has spoken out against closing schools in the village, saying it would take Kenmore out of the Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda School District. “We strongly believe that the closure of the only two schools located in the Village would hurt our village community,” he said last week.