Liverpool schools considering redistricting, possibly eliminating an elementary school

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LIVERPOOL, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — The Liverpool School District could be seeing some changes in the years to come. It has been recommended that Liverpool re-district and do away with one of the elementary schools.

Like so many districts, the budget is tight and getting tighter. For years, programs have been cut to make the budget work.

“We have squeezed this orange as tight as we can squeeze it and there is no more juice in it,” said Mark Potter, the superintendent at Liverpool Central Schools.

And Liverpool has seen its number of students drop. Since Potter took over in 2007, enrollment has dropped by 1,400 students.

“We are still operating nine elementary schools, three middle schools and two high school buildings,” said Potter. “We need to look at financially something we can capture some savings in the budget but also some savings in our programs.”

All those buildings add up on the bottom line. Through its Education 2020 Committee, Liverpool has recommended it close one elementary school.

Which elementary school has yet to be determined.

It would then create four Kindergarten through Second Grade schools, four campuses for Third Grade through Eighth Grade and one high school.

Parents have plenty of questions and there will be more meetings.

List of Meetings

  • February 12 at 6 p.m. – Chestnut Hill Middle School
  • February 13 at 5:45 p.m. – Willow Field Elementary School
  • February 25 at 6 p.m. – Nate Perry Elementary School
  • February 26 at 6 p.m. – Elmcrest Elementary School
  • February 27 at 6:30 p.m. – Soule Road Complex
  • March 3 at 6:30 p.m. – Long Branch Elementary School
  • March 4 at 6 p.m. – Donlin Drive Elementary School
  • March 5 at 6 p.m. – Liverpool Elementary School
  • March 12 at 5:30 p.m. – Morgan Road Elementary School

The recommendations are far from concrete. What are those recommendations?

Building Closures

  • Close one elementary school
  • Close District Office and move those offices to the Liverpool High School campus
  • Innovative reconfiguration
  • Create four Kindergarten through second grade schools
  • Create four campuses for third to eighth grade
  • Create one high school, which includes former Wetzel Road Elementary for career and technical programs

Innovative Programs

  • STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math)
  • CTE (Career Technical Education)
  • Increased Special Education & English as a New Language programs
  • Instructional Resources
  • Health and Safety
  • Mental Health Support
  • Professional Development
  • Professional Resources for Teachers

A decision on the new way to school would cone in June at the earliest.

If an elementary school were close, the district said it would not be until at least the year 2021.

Anyone interested in scheduling a presentation regarding the Education 2020 initiative should contact the Office of the Deputy Superintendent at (315) 622-7148. 

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