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Schenectady School Board in favor of remodeling school’s age division

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SCHENECTADY, N.Y. --A resolution passed Wednesday with all Schenectady School District board members in favor of an across the board model that will split schools into three age groups K-5, 6-8 and 9-12. 

Currently there is no uniform model in Schenectady, but there was a lot of back and forth about if this is the best choice.

Jamaica Miles' two oldest children went through Schenectady schools and her youngest daughter is a future student.  She feels the best scenario would be Kindergarten through 8th grade schools across the board.

"Older children will be with younger children and they will be mentored and ready for high school when it comes," she said.

Superintendent Larry Sprig says the districts research shows the K through 8 model just wasn't feasible. Instead they want to remodel some current schools to fit the K-5, 6-8, and 9-13 structure.

"This is a long range plan that will tell people how the schools will be organized for decades," he said.

Some parents voiced concern about some grades 6 through 8 being housed together because of how kids can be at that age.

The new plan would reopen the now closed Oneida school and possibly make it grades 6 through 8 along with two other district schools.

"We want to reassure parents that when we reconfigure It does not mean the quality or feel of schools will go away," said Spring.

He says they hope to have students in the remodeled Oneida school in 2016.

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