After months of planning, the Liverpool school board has decided not to move forward with reconfiguration plans at this time. Board members swiftly and soundly rejected the proposal put in front of them Tuesday night, citing cost issues. Katie Gibas has more.
LIVERPOOL, N.Y. -- After months of planning, the Liverpool school board has decided not to move forward with redistricting and grade reconfiguration plans. Board members swiftly and soundly rejected the proposal put in front of them Tuesday night, citing cost issues.
The board president said it would have cost $25,000 just for the architecture company to draw up the plans and then another $6 to $8 million for the actual construction. That cost would have gone to creating new classrooms, lab space and retro-fitting buildings for their new purposes.
The proposal would have closed an elementary school and made the elementary schools kindergarten through fifth grade. It would have also created a new middle school to accommodate sixth grade.
But board officials say the economic climate just wasn't right. So for now, everything will stay the same.
"I still think the board is convinced there are some academic opportunities involved in reconfiguration, but in order to do it, we would have to do a fair amount of construction on both the high school and the annex to accommodate the recommendation. And in this economic climate, I don't think the board feels comfortable making that recommendation," said board president Patricia DeBona-Rosier.
The board says reconfiguration isn't out of the question in the future. They might assign a task force the duty of how to best redraw district lines.