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LCSD proposal approved

— The Liverpool Central School District Board of Education voted 8 to 1 to adopt a proposal made by its Grade Reconfiguration Committee to change the configuration of its grades from a K-6 elementary/7-8 middle/ninth grade annex/10-12 high school to a K-5/6-8/9-12 configuration. The board emphasized that this is the first prong of a three-part process; the proposal will next go to the district’s Building Usage Committee, which will determine if the district can actually implement the proposal.

Both of the aforementioned committees, along with the Redistricting Committee, were borne of the Long Range Facilities Planning Committee, which made a recommendation to the board in 2010 as to the long-term goals of the district.

“At that time, the board felt that there were three areas that the board felt needed further research,” said Board Vice President Pat Rosier, who chaired the reconfiguration committee. “One of those was grade reconfiguration. The second was building usage, and the third will be redistricting.”

Rosier noted that any changes, if they happen, will not occur before the 2013-14 school year, if the Building Usage Committee determines that it is fiscally feasible to implement the grade reconfiguration.

“Our task was to say, academically, developmentally, socially, do we think that this is good for kids in the Liverpool Central School District?” Rosier said.

The sole vote against the proposal came from board member Kevin Van Ness, who expressed concerns about moving the ninth grade into the high school.

“I’m not sure how a building that’s going to house roughly 2,200 kids… jives with a smaller learning community,” Van Ness said. “Frankly, it’s pretty chaotic right now, and if anybody doesn’t admit that, they’re kidding themselves.”

Van Ness was particularly concerned about crowding in the cafeteria, noting that another lunch period would have to be added to accommodate all of the students.

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