School utilization committee takes shape

At its meeting on Thursday, Dec. 13, the Katonah-Lewisboro school board discussed how to fill the spots on the new sub-committee on school utilization, the inception of which came about as an investigation into whether or not closing an elementary school would be appropriate while taking into account a declining enrollment and new programs the district would like to provide, such as full-day kindergarten.

“I want to make sure we get this straight,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Paul Kreutzer said. “It is not a school closure committee. We may not wind up closing a school at all. We were at a high water mark of students at 4,100 and we are rapidly approaching 3,000. We have the same facilities at 4,100 that we will have at 3,000, so properly using those at their highest efficiency levels to deliver educational program is really the task at hand.”

Dr. Kreutzer said the sub-committee would be comprised of about 20 people, including but not limited to administration, parents and board members. The board established a charge for the committee to focus on how to best use the district’s facilities keeping in mind the realities of declining student enrollment and programmatic vision. Dr. Kreutzer warned the board that this undertaking is not something the district can afford to get wrong.

“You really can’t get it wrong because you are going to have to live with this many years after,” he said.

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