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Valley News – Superintendent pitches panel on restructuring elementary schools in Claremont

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Valley News – Superintendent pitches panel on restructuring elementary schools in Claremont

Valley Information Correspondent

Released: 11/19/2022 1:26:11 AM

Modified: 11/19/2022 1:26:12 AM

CLAREMONT — SAU 6 Superintendent Mike Tempesta told the College Board this week that setting up an Elementary Restructuring Advisory Board in December is the upcoming step toward reconfiguring the grades at the district’s three elementary universities.

A restructuring of the schools from K-5 to quality-unique was first released just about a few years ago, but COVID-19 delayed additional get the job done and ultimately the College Board voted about a yr in the past to shelve the proposal due to the fact of mum or dad opposition.

Possible realignment of the schools would acquire place in the drop of 2024, Tempesta mentioned in a presentation to the board.

Tempesta has reported the modify, which would place grades 4 and 5 in Bluff Elementary, 2 and 3 in Disnard and pre-K by means of 1 at Maple Avenue, would have a selection of positive aspects, which include “stronger constant, targeted curriculum and far better evaluation and intervention at just about every grade” and let for common pre-K starting at age 4.

When Tempesta designed the proposal in January 2020, there was sturdy father or mother opposition, primarily because of transportation. The board made the decision at the time to develop a aim team, which achieved only two times right before being shut down thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic. In the tumble of 2021, some moms and dads who were being element of the team mentioned the administration’s solution lacked transparency and did not handle numerous of the parents’ problems.

In his presentation to the board on Thursday, Tempesta acknowledged that transportation, the variety of faculty transitions students will have to make and the loss of “neighborhood schools” are amongst the worries lifted by the emphasis group that need to have to be solved.

The slide presentation reported the up coming methods will incorporate bringing in outdoors consultants to “thoroughly examine impacts, rationale, scholar results, schooling and team requires.”

The administration is bringing on Maura Hart and Lynne Howard as academic consultants for the system. Hart, who life in Plainfield, is the assistant director for capability enhancement with the SWIFT Training Center at the University of Kansas and an adjunct school member in the Training Division at Antioch University in Keene, N.H. Howard has a prolonged heritage in education together with in K-12 with specialization in looking through and composing.

The University Board did not comment on the presentation.

Patrick O’Grady can be attained at [email protected].

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