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May 1, 2014

Ken-Ton releases new school lines

Tonawanda News — The Ken-Ton School District has released a transition update following the approval of a consolidation plan that will close three schools after the 2015-2016 school year.

Under the project — which aims to reduce costs and even out class sizes — Hamilton Elementary, Roosevelt Elementary and Kenmore Middle School will close. Eighth-graders will report to the two high schools. Those in fifth grade, sixth grade and seventh grade will attend Franklin or Hoover middle schools. Pre-K through grade four will be run at the remaining elementary schools, which will be rezoned. 

“We realize there are many questions regarding the reorganization transition plan, starting with, which schools will my child(ren) attend?” Superintendent Mark Mondanaro wrote in his statement. 

To answer that question, the district created school locator applications, which are available in the update posted on the district website’s consolidation section. The site allows residents to enter their address and see all the schools their children will attend starting in the 2016-2017 academic year. 

The district is in the midst of working on a full transition plan that will address all aspects of the consolidation, including staffing, seniority lists, annual budget impacts, the shifting of resources and new bus routes. 

In Wednesday’s update, Mondanaro said he’s aware of parents’ concerns regarding the closings and said his office is concentrating on five key questions: 

• How many high school students at Kenmore West will have to transfer to Kenmore East, and what is the effect of keeping those students at West until graduation?

• How many students are in the zone that will require changing schools four times, and what is necessary to reduce those transitions?

• How many former Thomas Jefferson students would have to change schools again, and what is necessary to reduce their transitions?

• What would be the impact if the district stopped Kindergarten enrollment at Roosevelt and Hamilton in 2015-2016 and those students were sent to the elementary school they will be zoned in a year early?

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