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