PV won't combine schools in fall
Decision to consolidate Salisbury, Paradise elementaries could be made this summer BY CINDY HUMMEL, Correspondent
Pequea Valley parents and residents who attend the school board meeting Thursday will have an opportunity to learn about the future of the district's elementary schools, but there won't likely be any changes next school year.
"We are not consolidating the elementary schools for the 2013-14 school year but will continue to look at this option for 2014-15 and look to make a decision this summer or early fall," Superintendent Erik Orndorff wrote in an email Friday.
The administration presented two options to board members during a March 5 workshop meeting, said John Bowden, chief of finance and administration Thursday.
One of the options was to consolidate Salisbury and Paradise elementary schools.
Under that option, children in kindergarten and pre-kindergarten would go to Salisbury Elementary, while students in grades one through five would attend Paradise Elementary.
A second option would be to keep things as they are, with both schools serving kindergarten through grade five.
Some board members felt it was too late to consolidate the schools for the fall, Bowden said, but no decision was made.
Orndorff has said that consolidating the schools would cut class sizes and allow teachers to collaborate and give the same education in all classes.
By having entire grades together, he said at a Feb. 5 meeting, the district would not have to refill positions of teachers who plan to retire or resign in the next two years.
The school board will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday in the district office board room.
In other news, the board reviewed a preliminary 2013-14 budget. The budget includes expenses of $32,910,893, up $2,053,620, or 6.7 percent, from the 2012-13 budget.
Income is projected at $31,286,262, up $428,989, or 1.4 percent, from the current school year.
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