This article by Chris Mays originally appeared June 28 in the Brattleboro Reformer.
TOWNSHEND — The West River Modified Union Education District could be the first local school system to see large-scale changes in how facilities are run together under a merged structure.
A proposed plan calls for the re-organization of elementary schools.
“So it would involve students attending new school arrangements in different locations than they do now,” Superintendent Bill Anton told the Reformer. “Some students would have extended travel times from where they currently attend. This change would take some transition and getting used to.”
Option A would have have four campuses: 3-and-4-year-olds at an early learning center at the current Jamaica Village School, K-2nd-grade students at a primary school at the current Townshend Elementary School, 3rd- to 5th-graders at an intermediate school at the NewBrook Elementary School, and students in grades 6-12 at Leland & Gray Union Middle and High School.
Option B would have one less campus with the early learning center at Townshend hosting students up to 2nd grade, an elementary school at NewBrook, and Leland & Gray with grades 6-12. In order for this to happen, Jamaica residents would need to vote on no longer offering education in their town’s school. Its location being more distant from the others made it the candidate for pre-k or closure.
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