Ken-Ton Focus Groups Consider School Consolidation

11:43 PM, Jun 11, 2013   |    comments
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KENMORE, NY - Community members in the Kenmore-Tonawanda School District had a chance to voice their concerns over the possible consolidation of schools.

Focus groups were created to provide representation to all residents and taxpayers of the district.  The groups examined 8 possible scenarios regarding closures.  

Ultimately, the most points from the 88 member committee went to the plan that involves the closure of Holmes Elementary and Kenmore Middle School.  It would save the district about $1.6 million.

The composition of the focus groups included parents, grandparents, members of the clergy, teachers from across the district and more. 

School board president Bob Dana asked one thing of community members. "I'm gonna ask personally, and I don't know that the board will, let's not get our children involved yet.  We're far away from making a decision," Dana said. 

The district has no timeline of when a final decision will be made. However, a special board meeting will be held with the focus group on July 23 and public comment is encouraged for the July 25 work session.

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