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May 10, 2013

Residents petition against school closings

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Tonawanda News — “When we chose our Kenmore home six years ago one of the many reasons was that it was a neighborhood. One where my children could walk to school, make friends who lived close by and went to the same school, walk into a village,” Samara Hutcheson, of Kenmore, said. “Closing neighborhood schools changes the entire neighborhood feeling of our close-knit village.”

But school officials have said that the district’s current financial situation is worsening — as state aid and enrollment are both likely to decline in the coming years. 

And on Wednesday, Board President Bob Dana said that it’s not all about money, and that a consolidation plan would also attempt to preserve student programs that may be at risk in future years.

The district is currently in the process of electing a focus group, which will review the options and forward a recommendation on to the Board of Education. Then, the fate of the schools will lie in its hands. 

Contact reporter Jessica Bagley at 693-1000 ext. 4150, or follow her on Twitter at @JessicaLBagley

Contact reporter Jessica Bagley at 693-1000 ext. 4150, or follow her on Twitter at @JessicaLBagley

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