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October 5, 2013

The end 
of an era?


Tonawanda News — Superintendent Mark Mondanaro said he was asked to look at the plan with a broad perspective and stay open to closing different schools than the ones initially proposed.

The third option would use both Kenmore West and Kenmore East as a junior high school for grades 7 through 12. Students up to grade six would report to the Hoover and Franklin complexes.

Mondanaro said he was also asked to look at having two other themed elementary schools as well under that option.

The fourth option includes grouping schools by grade level, with 8 through 12 reporting to the two high schools, Kindergarten through grade 4 at a handful of elementary schools and grades 5 through 7 at the Hoover and Franklin complexes.

Mondanaro is also exploring the possibility of closing the district’s properties that are not used for full-time education, including the administrative building and Phillip Sheridan on Elmwood Avenue.

Under the district’s schedule for the consolidation plan, the fall will be used for the continuation of an analysis phase — and the public will be updated at regular board meetings, including one set for Tuesday.

A preliminary analysis report will be shared in late 2013, and the final report on the options will be shared in January 2014. The board is then set to consider voting on one of the options in February 2014.

If a plan is approved, the option will take effect in the 2014-2015 or 2015-2016 academic year.

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

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