New York district votes to close two elementary schools

Thursday, April 3, 2014

After nearly two years of trying to plot the best course of action, the Ken-Ton School Board voted unanimously Tuesday night to close Hamilton and Roosevelt elementary schools and merge Kenmore Middle School into the high school.

Last month, the school district released its final consolidation report, detailing four scenarios board members could choose from that would ultimately shape the future of the district. Each plan called for Kenmore Middle School to be merged into the high school, and none of the plans targeted Holmes Elementary, which had previously been looked at for possible closure.

In the end, after hearing from parents, board members selected “Scenario I,” which means Hamilton and Roosevelt elementary schools will close. The district will also be selling the Philip Sheridan and Jefferson elementary buildings. The remaining elementary schools will house grades Pre-K to 4.

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