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Redistricting options discussed at LCSD board meeting

— In accordance with the recommendations of a Liverpool Central School District Board of Education subcommittee, the district will be going ahead with redistricting.

The question is how that redistricting will proceed.

At its Nov. 19 meeting, the BOE once again raised the discussion, which had last been addressed in September.

“Several meetings ago the board may recall that we talked about redistricting,” said BOE President Patricia DeBona Rosier. “[Board member John] Kennedy and his [building utilization] committee gave us a very nice report. We are indeed going to redistrict.”

Rosier recalled that there were three options that the board had discussed to move forward. The first was to use current employees to help move the process along. The second involved hiring former Assistant Superintendent for Elementary Education Ellen Kuno, who retired last year, as a consultant. Finally, the district could put out an RFQ (request for quotations) from external consulting firms.

“At this point in time I think the board has to decide in which of those three directions they would like to go, because we need to move forward on this,” Rosier said.

Originally, the board had hoped to have the redistricting completed by the fall of 2013. However, district administrators questioned whether that would be possible if the project were to be done with district personnel.

“The first thing you also talked about was the timeline, and the expectation of whether or not next September 2013 for the redistricting process to be done would be realistic,” said Assistant Superintendent for School Improvement Maureen Patterson. “I would have to say to you that even in brief conversations, but multiple conversations, with my team, that probably would not be able to happen based on pretty much a four-page list of all the different elements that have to be considered for redistricting all the buildings... our nine elementary schools and three middle schools within the neighborhoods and boundaries of our school district.”

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