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September 23, 2013

Ken-Ton board to hold special meeting

Tonawanda News — The Ken-Ton school board will hold a special meeting at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 30 at the Phillip Sheridan building to discuss the district's pending consolidation options and a state-mandated improvement plan. 

Board President Bob Dana said the district improvement plan must be sent to the state by Oct. 1. Dana said the board will also be discussing potential consolidation plans.

"We've really only discussed it in public once, and we want to make sure we are on the same page," he said. 

Dana also said they are considering sending out a survey for residents to allow them to provide feedback about the consolidation options.

"We had the focus group, and as we continue to develop things, we want to continue getting feedback," he said. 

At the last official meeting about the consolidation project, which is aimed at reducing costs and right-sizing, the board charged the superintendent to more closely examine three consolidation scenarios. 

The first option would include the closing of Kenmore Middle School and Holmes Elementary. High school students would report to Kenmore East and Kenmore West, while middle school students would go to Franklin and Hoover middle schools. Pre-K through grade five would be served at Franklin, Hamilton, Hoover, Lindbergh and Roosevelt elementary schools.

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 second 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 third 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.

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