Special School Board Meeting
School Consolidation Update 2-7-17
The Board’s consultants, Milone & MacBroom, presented the Board with information requested from the January 10, 2017 meeting. This information was to be considered the last in a series of meetings where options for consideration were presented and additional education opportunities, costs, and land use could be considered in terms of the remaining potential outcomes. You can find historical documents regarding this process here.
To understand the process and how we progressed to this point, it shall be understood that a decline in student enrollment over time; the unbalanced enrollment among elementary buildings; future capital investments in elementary buildings; and budgetary constraints, along with our overall interest in preserving the quality of educational programming in our district; has perpetuated this comprehensive, but important conversation on this matter.
The Board and administration continue to discuss the scenarios as they look to a meeting on Tuesday, February 21, 2017 for a vote on the preferred outcome. This voting meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at Arcola Intermediate School. During that meeting, it is intended, as with any action meeting, to hear public comments on action items. This meeting’s sole purpose is to address the matter of school consolidation and therefore no other action items are being considered outside of this matter. The agenda with the action items will be posted 72 hours in advance of the meeting. In general, the Board will address a preferred outcome from among the following considerations:
- Close Audubon or Arrowhead elementary school, or
- Close Audubon and Arrowhead elementary schools, and address grade reconfiguration options for remaining schools.
- Redistrict without a building closure for the coming school term.
Historic information on the matter of school consolidation, including presentations, videos, documents, and other updates, can be found on the Methacton website at www.methacton.org/enrollment.
Arcola Intermediate School Auditorium