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March 21, 2014

Ken-Ton releases final consolidation report

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Tonawanda News — Under the third option, students in grades eight through 12 would report to the two high schools. Kenmore Middle, Hamilton Elementary and Roosevelt Elementary would close, while the remaining elementary schools would be rezoned.

“This would decrease the likelihood of additional school closings being necessary over the next five to 10 years,” the report states. 

That option would be implemented in the 2016-2017 academic year.

The final option wouldn’t be implemented until 2017-2018, and students in grades seven through 12 would report to the two high schools. Kenmore Middle, Edison Elementary and Roosevelt Elementary would close. 

Two specialty programs, such as the International Baccalaureate program, would run in two undetermined elementary schools. 

The report includes a great deal of background information, including enrollment data, tax records, capital debt statistics and information on the buildings’ conditions.

Public forums on the project have been scheduled for all district employees as well as district residents beginning next week. The sessions will be held at 4 p.m. on March 27 in Hoover Middle’s auditorium and at  7 p.m. March 31 in the Kenmore East High School auditorium, when Superintendent Mark Mondanaro said he will explain the final consolidation project report findings and address any questions posed by employees or residents.

A special public consolidation work session will also be held at 6:30 p.m. April 1 at Kenmore East High School, when the board will discuss the final results of the study. Two-way public comments or questions with a three-minute limitation will be permitted during this work session. 

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