Binghamton School Board to Discuss Feasibility Study
The Binghamton City School District Board of Education November 15 will be discussing its on-going Feasibility Study.
The study addresses such issues as classroom size, availability of teachers and finances in the district.
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In addressing the challenges, some of the options and opportunities being looked at include utilization of classroom space, shared staffing and traveling teachers, reconfiguring and repurposing space and possibly generating revenue by leasing unused space in the district (for example: for much-needed childcare opportunities in the community.)
One of the most talked-about ideas has been the removal of one of the underused school buildings.
The study says it might be a good idea, when considering transportation, to close one school reducing the number of neighborhood buildings from seven to six. The handouts provided in previous sessions pose the question about whether reducing the number of neighborhood schools would be greeted positively as a cost-effective measure or would generate negative reaction with people looking to move out of a neighborhood or the Binghamton City School District.
A move to eliminate a building would also involve “right-sizing” Special Area Teachers and Support Faculty to support programs for Kindergarten through Grade 5 in six, rather than seven, neighborhood schools and re-designing the existing K-5 transportation routes for students who do not walk to school or who would become non-walkers under the closing of a neighborhood school building.
The Board meeting will be held at 7 p.m. in the Community Room on the third floor of the District Offices at 164 Hawley Street. The meeting will be live streamed on the district’s YouTube Channel. Information on the feasibility study can be found at the district website. https://www.binghamtonschools.org.