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Back to school Liverpool, North Syracuse kick off new year

Jaden Butler, 8, puts school supplies into his desk during Find Your Classroom Day at Willowfield Elementary in Liverpool. Butler is entering third grade at WFE.

Jaden Butler, 8, puts school supplies into his desk during Find Your Classroom Day at Willowfield Elementary in Liverpool. Butler is entering third grade at WFE. Photo by Sarah Hall.

— This is not the first time in recent history Liverpool has redrawn its district lines. The district closed Craven Crawford Elementary in 2002, citing declining enrollment districtwide as well as budget constraints. Those factors have continued to escalate, necessitating the current drive to redistrict.

At this point, the Redistricting Advisory Committee has reviewed six possible scenarios to determine how the district lines could be drawn. It is likely that several more will be reviewed before a final plan is presented to the board of education.

For more information, visit liverpool.k12.ny.us/webpages/lredistricting/index.cfm. The site also includes frequently asked questions about the redistricting process, as well as a map of the district’s current school boundaries.

And more…

As part of the 2013-14 budget, voters in North Syracuse approved a transition to full-day kindergarten in the district. The shift added 13 regular teachers as well as two special area teachers. The program, which is funded through state aid, will remain in place through the 2014-15 school year. At that point, the district will need a supermajority to continue to fund the program.

Morgan Road Elementary will be fully renovated this year under Liverpool’s capital improvement plan. As such, MRE students will be attending school at Wetzel Road Elementary, located just down the street. Wetzel was closed due to budget cuts in 2011. It housed the Liverpool High School FOCUS Academy from 2011-12, but that program, for struggling students, was closed due to budgetary constraints in 2012.

The North Syracuse Central School District, in collaboration with Contact Community Services, has been awarded a 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant from New York State Department of Education. Through the grant, Contact will receive $622,000 annually to serve underprivileged students at Roxboro Road Elementary School and Roxboro Road Middle School. Through the funding, Contact will be able to provide before-, during- and after-school services at the Roxboro Road schools, including: tutoring, homework help, social and emotional development activities, health and fitness, career exploration, service learning opportunities, sports, arts and music and family literacy activities. Contact’s staff will facilitate referral to mental health or health services for students and their families, and provide case management services to the highest risk students. Additionally, they will also deliver behavioral intervention and anger replacement training workshops to the teachers and staff.

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