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April 20, 2013

Ken-Ton receives consolidation options

Tonawanda News — The SES Study Team has provided the Ken-Ton School District with eight consolidation options, one of which will likely be implemented for the 2014-2015 academic year.

“The SES team has supplied possible doable consolidation options effective for the 2014-2015 school year as per one of the Board of Education objectives stated in the request for proposals almost one year ago,” Superintendent Mark Mondanaro said. “Neither the superintendent nor Board of Education is making any comments on the options at this time.”

The team’s 83-page report, available on the Ken-Ton district website, identifies both the opportunities and challenges for each option, as well as estimated savings resulting from each option.

The options range from keeping the schools to closing numerous schools and significantly changing the configuration of the district.

“It is based on a lot of data and information,” Mondanaro said. “I am happy that there are a lot of options, because it just gives us more discussion points.”

The option that would result in the most savings, identified as Scenario H, would include closing Edison Elementary, Holmes Elementary, Roosevelt Elementary and Kenmore Middle. Under that option, identified as scenario H in the report, pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten classes would be held at Hamilton and Lindbergh. Grades 1, 2 and 3 would report to Franklin Elementary, grades 4, 5 and 6 would report to the Hoover campus, grades 7, 8 and 9 would be served at Kenmore East, and grades 10, 11 and 12 would take place at Kenmore West. 

That option would result in $2,131,811 savings from cuts in staffing, utilities, building supplies and maintenance. 

Opportunities for option H include the centralization of the K-5 attendance zone and the chance to design a junior high program to prepare students for the transition to high school. The option would also allow the district to adhere to its current class size goals.

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