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Pelham School Board to Discuss Elementary Schools Reconfiguration Plan Tonight

The public portion of tonight's school board meeting begins at 8 p.m.

 

The Pelham school board will continue discussing during tonight’s school board meeting inside the .

The proposal, which school officials said will save the district $1.1 million during the 2012-2013 school year, is being reviewed as administrators try to cut roughly $1.8 million in order to comply with the state’s 2 percent property tax cap.

Students are currently assigned to the district’s four elementary schools based on the neighborhoods they live in.

The district’s proposal would house K-2 students in Colonial and Siwanoy elementary schools and house students in grades 3-5 in Hutchinson and Prospect Hill.

The school board will begin tonight’s meeting in executive session at 7 p.m. The public portion of the meeting will start at 8 p.m.

Tom Rini January 23, 2012 at 04:59 PM
Stop Saying $1.1 million, That is simply not the case
Rasheed Oluwa January 23, 2012 at 08:56 PM
You're right Tom. That $1.1 million does need some clarification. About $503,250 of the savings will come from three teacher retirements that are happening, regardless of the elementary school configuration the district decides to go with. The same goes for another $382,000 in savings the district expects from teacher leaves.
Claire Persanis January 23, 2012 at 10:34 PM
I still need clarification on those leave-replacement savings. According to the report, if we do not restructure, we will not save that money because we will still be hiring those three leave replacements. The chart on page 20 shows will will give up 6 full-time equivalents (FTEs) if we restructure (3 retirements and 3 leaves), but the chart on page 18 shows we will only give up 3 FTEs (retirements) if we don't restructure. Also, we need clarification on that $165,000 district-wide admin position. Is that position being eliminated if we don't restructure? The report does not say. I hope for more clarity tonight....
Rasheed Oluwa January 24, 2012 at 01:46 AM
OK Claire. I'm at the Pelham school board meeting now and Superintendent Dennis Lauro has just clarified the costs. The actual savings from the Princeton Plan are $400,000. The three teacher leaves would only be included if the elementary school reconfiguration goes through. Sorry for the confusion. I'll have more on this after tonight's meeting.

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