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February 16, 2013

Peru Central approves administrative reorganization

PERU — As of March 1, Peru Central’s primary and intermediate schools will be considered one elementary school.

And the middle and high schools, both located in the same building, will be one secondary school.

The reconfiguration, accompanied by a district-wide reorganization of Peru Central School’s administration, was approved unanimously by the Peru Central School Board at a meeting this week.

“We’re trying to increase academic performance, we’re tying to eliminate student achievement gaps, (and) we’re trying to expand opportunities for professional learning,” Brimstein said.

‘BAD TIMING’

But before the vote, some at the session said they felt the timing of the changes was inappropriate.

“This proposed mid-year change, starting nearly two-thirds of the way through the current school year, is going to ask all constituents of our school to inevitably change most of what we’ve worked hard to establish this year,” said Peru parent Richard Hathaway, who also teaches science in the district.

“We’re being asked to do all of this in the most stressful part of the year, with final exams, APPR (Annual Professional Performance Review of teachers and principals) and high-stakes state testing right around the corner.”

The timeline of the reorganization, Superintendent Dr. Patrick Brimstein explained during a presentation about the process, is actually very purposeful.

The district could reorganize anytime, he said, but officials felt doing so in conjunction with the implementation of the Professional Performance Review and other state mandates was a good opportunity to work through all the changes simultaneously and collaboratively. 

“We really sought to have a learning period where we could learn together, and next year, fresh, start a brand-new year with a very clear picture of where we’re going and a very clear agenda of how we’re going to get there together,” he said.

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