Parents get opportunity to review Ken-Ton consolidation plans

KENMORE, N.Y. (WIVB) – Parents, teachers and taxpayers are getting a clearer picture on what consolidation could mean for the Ken-Ton School District.

Two separate meetings were held on the issue Thursday night, where parents were given the opportunity to review the district’s final consolidation report.

RELATED | You can read the full report here

The 182-page plan, packed with painstaking closures, was presented to taxpayers who live in the district. Thursday’s forum comes about a week after the report was released.

Jodi Correa of Kenmore has three children, enrolled in three different schools in the district. With enrollment down, she says it’s clear something has to be done.

“The question is what’s the right thing to be done. We have to consolidate but what is the right answer so that we don’t decimate the village,” she pondered.

Superintendent Mark Mondanaro says with a dozen school buildings in use on a daily basis and enrollment dropping, the district is being “resourced stressed.”

“We’re trying to stress better allocation of resources and stressing to people what’s going to be for your kids in those schools. It always just comes down to how far do you want to reorganize,” he said.

Under any of the four proposed plans, Kenmore Middle School will close, possibly as early as 2015. Philip Sheridan and Jefferson Elementary schools, already closed, will be sold.

Each of the scenarios has different buildings closing, but none has been selected by the school board as the final solution.

Danielle Johnson, a parent and Ken-Ton teacher, said, “I just hope the board truthfully listens to everything and all of our comments and our concerns and makes the best decision possible for our students.”

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