Tonawanda News

March 19, 2014

Ken-Ton to release school consolidation study

Staff Reports
The Tonawanda News

Tonawanda News — The Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda Union Free School District will release the results of a consolidation study Thursday after hiring an outside consulting firm nearly two years. 

School Superintendent Mark Mondanaro said the he pooled the opinions of the staff members and parents as part of the Intra-District Consolidation Feasibility Study, which he said was necessary for the Board of Education to “make a successful decision.” 

“We have considered all of the major points made by employees and community members over the past two years and as many of the major points as possible were used as guiding principles for this final study,” Mondanaro said. “I want to thank the entire community for its patience and for considering an intrepid course for the future of our children.”

Public forums 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 and 7 p.m. March 31 in the Kenmore East High School auditorium, when Mondanaro said he will explain the final consolidation project report findings and address any questions posed by employees or residents.

“We have collected an unbelievable amount of data to consider,” said Bob Dana, school board president. “It took a great deal of time for all of the project’s work to be completed.”

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. 

“It is our hope that our employees, as well as district residents, take advantage of these opportunities to become informed as we all move forward to ensure a successful future for our children,” Mondanaro said. “It is also very important that residents and employees read the entire report and not just the actual scenario program enhancement and cost benefit analysis section.” 

The study will be released Thursday via email and through the district’s website.