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Answers to More of Your Education 2020 Questions
Friday, February 28, 2020
The Liverpool Central School District would like to take this opportunity to thank the parents and community members who have attended the recent Education 2020 Information Meetings hosted by the district.
Many have asked questions regarding the recommendations presented to the LCSD Board of Education earlier this month. In particular, questions related to the proposed campus (3-8) schools have been common and the district would like to help clear up any confusion regarding this portion of the proposal.
Question: How would the proposed campus (3-8) schools be set up?
Answer: The Liverpool Central School District currently has what it considers four combined campuses: Chestnut Hill Elementary/Middle, Liverpool Elementary/Middle, Morgan Road Elementary/Liverpool High School Annex and Soule Road Elementary/Middle. Two of those campuses feature connected buildings – MRE/Annex and SRE/SRM - while the other two campuses - CHE/CHM and LE/LMS - feature two separate buildings. If the Board of Education approves the proposed reconfiguration, students in grades 3-5 will be housed on what has traditionally been the elementary side of those campuses, while students in grades 6-8 will be housed on what has traditionally been the secondary sides of those campuses. For the two buildings that currently are connected, curriculum and scheduling keep the younger students and the older students separated during the school day. That would continue to be the case if those buildings become campus schools.
Question: What about transportation? Will students in grades 3-5 have to ride the same bus as students in grades 6-8?
Answer: Interestingly enough, many Liverpool Central School District elementary students already ride the school bus home with middle school students. This is particularly true at Chestnut Hill Elementary/Middle, Liverpool Elementary/Middle and Soule Road Elementary/Middle. Each building follows a system at the end of the day where the elementary students are dismissed first, followed approximately five minutes later by the middle school students. This allows the younger students to get settled on their school bus before the middle school students join them. It also allows each building to create a well-ordered atmosphere at dismissal time.
As always, you can ask questions, submit comments, or address rumors you may have heard about the future of the district. To do so, visit the LCSD Web site and fill out the Education 2020 form at the bottom of the page (click here). Please include your name and e-mail address so we can respond to you (we will not respond to anonymous submissions).
There still are several upcoming Education 2020 information meetings scheduled if you are interested in learning more about the proposed changes:
March 3, at 6:30 p.m., at Long Branch Elementary
March 4, at 6 p.m., at Donlin Drive Elementary
March 5, at 6 p.m., at Liverpool Elementary
March 12, at 5:30 p.m., at Morgan Road Elementary
April 29, at 6 p.m. at Liverpool Public Library