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November 21, 2013

BCSD to examine elementary-schools restructure

BEEKMANTOWN — Beekmantown Central School is taking a closer look at the possibility of reorganizing its elementary grades.

The district has revived a committee to explore the concept of housing all pre-kindergarten through second-grade classes at Cumberland Head Elementary and all third, fourth and fifth grades at Beekmantown Elementary.

Currently, the two schools each house prekindergarten through fifth grades, but for years, the School Board has wondered if it would be better for students if all sections of each grade level were in the same building.

RESURRECTED

A study of the concept was conducted about five years ago, according to Beekmantown Central Superintendent Dan Mannix. However, the results were never fully discussed despite the board’s continual intention to do so.

Then, about a year and a half ago, a Restructuring Committee was formed to look into the idea once again. The group, however, met just a couple of times before being pushed to the side while the district conducted its recent superintendent search.

“It’s been resurrected now,” BCS Board member Pauline Stone said of the committee, which met earlier this week for the first time since Mannix, who was hired in August, joined the district.

The purpose of the meeting, she noted, was to get the new superintendent up to speed on the issue and discuss how to move forward.

The next step, Mannix said, is to involve more people on the committee, examine the study and have discussions about whether reorganizing the elementary grades would be beneficial.

“One of goals is actually to make a determination this year on whether we’re continuing on with the discussions or we’re saying, ‘No this won’t work for Beekmantown,’” he said.

PUBLIC MEETING

The intent is to recruit multiple perspectives to the committee, including administrators, board members, teachers and parents.

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