Residents to discuss future of school buildings

KENMORE, N.Y. (WIVB)- Monday evening in Kenmore, parents will be talking about school consolidation. The Ken-Ton Board has voted on their consolidation plan, and now they need to decide on the future of the vacant buildings.

The consolidation means the Village of Kenmore will have three empty buildings. The Kenmore Village Improvement Society will take the first step in figuring out how to use the buildings in the future.

The Improvement Society is encouraging Kenmore residents to attend Monday evening’s meeting to help brainstorm ideas for the future of the buildings. Earlier this month the school board voted unanimously to close Hamilton and Roosevelt elementary schools and merge Kenmore Middle School into the high school. This means that both Kenmore East and West will house grades eighth through 12th.

The plan would save the school district $4.8 million per year. News 4 spoke to parents just after the decision was made and many of them were happy with the plan the board chose.

Ken-Ton parent Dawn Stinner said, “Changes need to be made. We need to have concessions for our children. We need to bring back programs that we’ve lost and this is the only way.”

School Board President Bob Dana said, “We simply had too many empty seats and to operate a school district you need to do so and to be responsible to the taxpayers.”

In a statement Kenmore Village Improvement Society President Melissa Foster said it’s time to take a negative situation like school closings and turn it into positive opportunities for the community. The meeting will be held Monday at 7 p.m. at the Kenmore Community Center.

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