District establishes committee to determine how to close a school

— One of the Baldwinsville Central School District’s major projects for the 2011-12 school year was to explore building usage due to the continuing decrease in enrollment in the district’s elementary schools. Superintendent Jeanne Dangle established the Facilities Feasibility Study Committee in the fall of 2011 to address this issue and the feasibility of closing an elementary school, as well as to explore how to maximize the use of district facilities in a cost effective manner.

The committee met several times from October 2011 to November 2011. The committee examined the following: data on enrollment trends and projections; the financial aspects of closing a school; possible attendance areas if the Board of Education decided to close either Elden Elementary School or Van Buren Elementary School; and the possible ramifications for transportation, redistricting and transitioning students should any district school be closed. After receiving the committee’s findings, Superintendent Dangle presented the committee’s data to the Board of Education. The board decided at its Feb. 27 meeting that closing a school was feasible but the district needed more time and research to create an effective transition plan.

Superintendent Dangle has established the Building Utilization Committee to explore how best to close a school and to create a transition plan for students and families. The committee consists of Superintendent Dangle, Jamie Rodems, Assistant Superintendent for Management Services, Board of Education members Ken Dwyer, Jim Goulet, Jeff Marier, Joan Reeves and Steve Schweitzer, as well as several representatives from the district’s various associations and representatives from each of the district’s school PTAs.

The committee's first meeting was held on June 20. District residents can review documents and presentations from this meeting and from each subsequent meeting on the Building Utilization Committee’s web page at bville.org/teacherpage.cfm?teacher=3002.

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