The Journal Register (Medina, NY)

Local News

July 5, 2013

Vacant school being used

Medina Journal-Register — LYNDONVILLE — The Brockport Migrant Education Program needed a more central location for its summer school.

Lyndonville had a vacant building.

The result? It can be found during normal school hours from now until mid-August.

“The board agreed to lease the old elementary school to Brockport for the summer,” said Lyndonville Superintendent Jason Smith. The first day of classes was this past Monday (July 1).

Smith said the program draws from all over, including from Genesee, Monroe, and Niagara counties. It offers instruction in kindergarten through eighth grade with a staff of about 20 and a principal.

“It’s beneficial to both the school and the community to have them here,” Smith said. “It helps us because the building is being used, but by having this agreement it brings in some revenue to help with the upkeep of the building.”

Smith noted how some members in the community had expressed concern about what would happen to the school, but with this agreement he said it is “being put to good use.” While the agreement is only for one year, both the Lyndonville School District and the Brockport Migrant Education Program have been initially pleased with the results and working relationship.

“This is a better building and a better location for us,” said Darlene Senko, summer school principal. Previously, the program was held in Brockport, leading to long bus rides for students in Ransomville. Lyndonville is much more central and helps keep bus rides at a minimum.

“It all just fits our needs, and the superintendent and business manager are very easy to work with,” Senko said. 

The migrant program has been running for over 20 years, and Senko said it has drawn interest from the New York state assistant commissioner of education, who will visit the school later this summer.

Senko explained how the program offers school services to “boost math and literacy skills for children of migrant workers.” She said the full-day program is six weeks long and together with core curriculum standards like math and reading, students also take physical education, art, and computer courses.

“Students are eager to be in school and to learn,” Senko said. “They realize the importance of getting an education, and our goal is to teach the importance of education in life so they can graduate high school and go to college.”

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