April 17th UpdateThree community meetings have been scheduled to provide information to parents and community members on the upcoming elementary and middle school redistricting. Each of the meetings will take place from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. The schedule is as follows:
April 18th - Mary Morrisson Gymnasium
April 19th - Fitch Middle School Auditorium
April 25th - Catherine Kolnaski Auditorium
Please note that the discussion will be the same at all of the meetings, so feel free to choose the date that best accommodates your schedule.January 26, 2012 - Update
Three middle school consolidation community meetings have been scheduled, with specific topic areas and dates noted below:
6:00-7:30 – Extra-Curricular Activities/Sports – FHS Cafeteria
7:30-9:00 – Special Education – FHS Band Room
6:00-7:30 – Academic Programs – FHS Cafeteria
7:30-9:00 – Music – FHS Band Room
6:00-7:30 – Transportation/Redistricting/Security – FHS Cafeteria
7:30-9:00 – Transition – FHS Band Room
December 20, 2011 – Update
At a special meeting on December 19th, the Board of Education voted to consolidate Fitch Middle School. This is not viewed as a long-term solution; in a conversation with the Town Council last evening, everyone was in agreement that a long-term facilities plan is necessary. Unfortunately, such a plan, even if put on a fast track, would not see the beginning of construction for at least two years. Maintaining three middle schools would put a significant strain on the district which would have impacted other areas through reductions.
Although consolidating a middle school makes sense for everyone, there is no question that it is a step which yields many different emotions. Fitch Middle School has a long, long history that is to be respected. Any consolidation efforts must and will be done respectfully for staff, students, and for our history.
1. The scheduling of seven targeted community meetings is currently underway. The purpose of the meetings is to hear the concerns of parents, staff, students, and community members regarding the transition of specific programs and to brainstorm potential solutions to them. These will be attended by administration and other identified key stakeholders, and will be open to the public. The seven identified topics include: academic programs, music, extra-curricular activities/sports, transportation/redistricting, security, transition, and special education.
2. The facilities department will immediately begin working with architects to look at internal changes which will be necessary to provide the adequate space.
3. The administration has and will be working with union leadership to lay out a respectful transition for staff.
4. The district will contract with a firm who will begin doing a detailed redistricting analysis, which will be tied closely with transportation.