Fri March 21, 2014
Ken-Ton explores school closings
The Kenmore-Tonawanda School District released four reorganization plans, all of which would close one or more school buildings.
The Ken-Ton district is struggling with decades of declining enrollment, a shrinking tax base, declining state aid, shrinking reserves and too many buildings.
After years of study, four possible responses to the situation are now before the school board and there may be a choice as early as April 1.
While the possibilities have been around since last year, the final report came out Thursday in a 182 page report. .
According to Superintendent Mark Mondanaro, the consensus community opinion sought a long-term plan that would provide "some choices that don't make us go through all sorts of redistricting or similar closures or combinations of those things in a year or two."
About the only agreement in the plans is a recommendation in all four to close Kenmore Middle School.
Beyond that, there are other possible closings, including reconfigurations of Kenmore East High School and Kenmore West High School.
Meanwhile, the school board still has a hole in its budget for next year over $3 million.