Tonawanda News


April 3, 2014

WALLACE: Time will tell about consolidation


Tonawanda News — Because of where we live, most of my son’s friends went to Hoover Middle while only he and a couple of kids he knew went to Kenmore Middle. 

It was kind of like starting over for him even though he had attended school in the district since pre-K. But to our surprise, he adjusted very well and has made a lot of new friends.

I went to school in a small town in Genesee County called LeRoy. We had one elementary school and one high school, no separate middle school. 

The elementary school served grades K to sixth grade and the high school served grades seven to 12. 

As a seventh-grader, I was moved to the high school in the same building as 10th, 11th and 12th graders. Even though most of my classes were on the first and second floor of the building with other seventh- and eighth-graders, it was still overwhelming. 

The seventh and eighth grade students were together for gym and lunch. We didn’t mix much with the older grades in the first couple years, which was helpful. 

I am not sure how the Ken-Ton district will handle having eighth-graders going to the high school buildings and how much of a transition that will be for the students. 

I worry about the planned redistricting down the road that may change where my youngest son will go to school. I also am concerned about the loss of teachers and staff through consolidation and am hoping as many teachers can be relocated to different schools as possible.

Changes like these can be upsetting and unsettling for parents and children, but I do hope that what the board stated is true and that these changes will prevent future closings for at least five to 10 years. 

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