The Journal Register (Medina, NY)

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June 29, 2012

On Schedule

Medina Journal-Register — The movement that is underway in the Medina Central School District is a major undertaking.

At Oak Orchard Elementary School, every teacher’s classroom at the end of this past school year is not the one in which they will teach next year. Wise Middle School is splitting into two wings and two schedules. The High School adds a grade. Towne School is nearly completely packed up, with storage of surplus equipment the building’s new role.

That sea change requires a summer of turnover in the school’s physical classroom assets, but Buildings and Grounds Supervisor Tim Ames says the plan crafted by building principals and prepared by teachers and custodial staff will swiftly shift the district to its new layout.

”We’ve done our homework,” Ames said, holding up a laminated diagram of the classroom assignments for Oak Orchard. He compared the effort to the planning that firefighters make before entering a house fire. “A lot of that work is coordination. Everything is clockwork if you stick to the plan.”

Ames said the classroom moves at Oak Orchard and Wise will take about two weeks of work by a group of teens hired by the district. Today’s plan has them moving the district’s pre-kindergarten and kindergarten classrooms into the rooms that last held third-grade classes; those rooms were cleaned by custodial staff Thursday.

Oak Orchard will hold pre-kindergarten through third grade classes in the new configuration, with the two youngest grades in classrooms equipped with bathrooms and low shelves — a major cost avoidance — and the two older grades in the building’s second-story wing. That plan to determine who will go where started taking shape in January and only ended Monday.

“People were nervous until we looked at the maps and found we could lay it out the right way,” Ames said.

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