Weekly Feature



2016-08-31 / Front Page

Ken-Ton District enters consolidation year

by ANNA WALTERS
Editor

Operating nine schools, the Kenmore Tonawanda School District will be kicking off its consolidation year by opening buildings with grade levels K-4 for elementary schools, 5-7 for middle schools and 8-12 for high schools.

The consolidation plan, approved by the Board of Education in April 2014, has been fully implemented.

In addition to modified grade level configurations, the plan included the closings of Hamilton and Roosevelt elementary schools and Kenmore Middle School, and altered attendance boundaries.

Superintendent Dawn Mirand said making all these moves happen involved the movement of a large number of teachers and staff.

As part of its capital project, the district broke ground at its upgraded Adams Field complex in June. Mirand noted that students and the community can look forward to seeing the field in use at the Oct. 15 homecoming game, which will feature Kenmore West vs. Kenmore East.

The capital project also included two new bus loops at Kenmore West High School and Lindbergh Elementary School.

“It’s going to alleviate some of the traffic issues in the area. There is a designated drop-off area for buses,” Mirand said.

Also new this year are GPS-tracking devices, which have been installed on all district-owned buses and will allow parents to use smartphones, computers and other devices to track their children’s buses in real time.

An extra bonus is that the devices have an enhanced maintenance tracking system as well, Mirand noted.

Administrative changes included one new principal at Franklin Middle School, Christopher Ginestre. His position took effect on July 1, and he was previously the assistant principal at Hoover Middle School.

Elaine Thomas, former Kenmore Middle School principal, and Kevin Kruger, former Franklin Middle School principal, are moving to work at Kenmore East and West to serve as operations principals. This is due to the eighth-grade level being added at the high schools.

There also have been renovations to computer labs and technology rooms at the high schools. According to Mirand, wellness rooms have been added in the elementary schools, and the high schools have received new state-of-the-art workout equipment.

As part of the district’s ongoing 1:1 mobile device initiative, an iPad device will be deployed to every student in the fourth grade. Now, grades K-4 all have these devices accessible.

According to Mirand, there is a new “Innovation Corner,” which focuses on enhanced community stakeholder engagement.

Individuals can submit their ideas by finding the “Superintendent” link under “District” in the main navigation bar of the district website at www.ktufsd.org.

The superintendent will have open office hours for faculty and staff, too.

She is also planning community meet-and-greets to introduce various departments so that individuals will be able to put “faces to names when they call.”

“We’re very excited to start a new year following multiyear consolidation and following through implementation,” Mirand said.

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