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Answers to Some of Your Education 2020 Questions

Thursday, June 20, 2019 -

Several Liverpool Central School District community members have taken the time to submit their questions regarding the district’s Education 2020 initiative.

Since many of you may have the same questions, we wanted to share the answers with you.

Q: Will the results of the poll taken by 760 district employees be released to the public?
A: We will publish the results of both the staff and community surveys in the fall.

Q: When will Elmcrest Elementary close?
A: No decision has been made in regards to closing ANY Liverpool Central School District building. The purpose behind the Education 2020 Committee’s Community Survey is to see if the community supports the ideas the committee has been exploring, which includes the possibility of closing school buildings. The committee will make its recommendations to the Board of Education in late fall or early winter 2019.

Q: If the district changes the current grade configuration at the elementary and middle school levels, will my child still receive the same services that he or she currently receives?
A: Any service a student receives as part of their education in the Liverpool Central School District continues with them regardless of the grade level or building they attend.

Q: Why do some buildings have summer programs while others do not? Could that change in the future?
A: Currently four Liverpool Central School District buildings (Chestnut Hill, Donlin Drive, Liverpool and Long Branch Elementary) participate in the Summer Bridge Program. This program was made possible through a federal 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant that enabled Contact Community Services to provide these programs in our schools. These programs began in 2017 and will extend through the 2021 school year (although that is dependent upon federal funding allocations). The four schools currently participating were selected because they met the criteria of the grant. One of the topics the Education 2020 Committee has explored is expanding the number of summer opportunities for our students, however no official decision has been made.

Q: Will curriculum be streamlined from building to building at the elementary level? I am referring to reading, writing and math curriculum across the district.
A: The Education 2020 Committee is looking to streamline a number of topics with its proposed plan, including curriculum, mental health & security, and extra-curricular opportunities. A streamlined curriculum would be a top priority for the committee.

You can still ask questions, submit comments, or address rumors you may have heard about the future of the district. To do so, visit the LCSD Web site (click here) and submit your questions and comments using the Education 2020 form (click on the link at the top of the page). Please include your name and e-mail address so we can respond to you (we will not respond to anonymous submissions).

In addition, the Education 2020 Committee is in the process of gathering the community’s thoughts on the district’s future by conducting a survey. Now through July 1, community members can participate in the online survey by clicking here. Topics to be explored include program opportunities, class sizes, grade reconfiguration, facility use & costs, and mental health & safety. A similar survey was conducted with LCSD employees in November 2018 and some of the data collected during that survey is included in the community survey. 

Those unable to complete the survey online can complete a paper copy of the survey at any LCSD school building or the Liverpool Public Library. 

For more information regarding the committee’s efforts or the community survey, contact the Office of the Deputy Superintendent at 315-622-7148.

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