The Journal Register (Medina, NY)

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December 26, 2012

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Medina Journal-Register — A new era began for Medina and Lyndonville this year with the reorganization of both communities’ school districts, but not before difficult decisions and heartfelt sendoffs were given to two buildings closed this summer.

Both districts went forward with plans that reduced the number of buildings used for instruction while also moving to a single bus run and other cost-saving measures ahead of the 2012-13 school year. They also continued a partnership that gave students the opportunity to cross district lines for performing arts and athletics programs that aren’t available at their home school.

For Medina, that meant closing Towne Primary School, the only remaining neighborhood school still used by MCSD. Many residents of the area surrounding the Bates Road school expressed sadness with the closure of the place where their children had received their first taste of a Medina education.

In Lyndonville, the move was shorter but no less emotional. While only two grades of classes have been held across from the main campus at the 1930s building, there are generations who received all their education there at a time when the school housed all 12 grades. There was room at L.A. Webber High School to fit them all now.

The decisions made locally are not unique, as they are part of an era where the future of public education is uncertain. In a recent survey of school administrators, 41 percent said they were concerned about insolvency in the next two years; another nine percent had the same concerns for the next five years. Declining class sizes added an impetus to take decisive actions.

While both local districts are more confident about their finances, school board members said they needed to make major changes to avoid increasing class sizes, reductions in student offerings and a loss of local control.

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