Education 2020 Recommendations
Swiss psychologist Jean Piaget, known for his work in child development, once said “The principle goal of education in schools should be creating men and women who are capable of doing new things, not simply repeating what other generations have done.”
This idea is a large reason why the Liverpool Central School District transitioned to the Education 2020 initiative almost two years ago, moving away from simple brick and mortar updates and instead exploring the future of education in the district and the ever-changing needs of students. The goal is to operate the district more efficiently to maximize the money spent on opportunities for students.
At the February 10th LCSD Board of Education meeting, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Mark F. Potter presented his Education 2020 recommendations for the board’s consideration (see below). Please note that the LCSD Board of Education does not anticipate making a decision regarding these recommendations until June 2020 at the earliest.
These recommendations will allow the district to take part in innovative opportunities based on staff and community values, while allowing the district to maximize facility efficiencies and increase student resources and staff collaboration.
As a reminder, the Education 2020 Committee determined that the Liverpool community shares five key values with LCSD teachers and staff members:
- Class size (only close schools if keeping current size is possible)
- Program opportunities (Career and Technical Education, STEM/STEAM, etc.)
- Mental health support/safety
- Tradition (keep what is working)
- Grade configuration (only change if it supports innovation)
The district has scheduled nine informational meetings to share updates with parents, staff and community:
- February 12, at 6 p.m., at Chestnut Hill Middle
- February 13, at 5:45 p.m., at Willow Field Elementary
- February 25, at 6 p.m., at Nate Perry Elementary
- February 26, at 6 p.m., at Elmcrest Elementary
- February 27, at 6:30 p.m., at Soule Road Complex
- March 3, at 6:30 p.m., at Long Branch Elementary
- March 4, at 6 p.m., at Donlin Drive Elementary
- March 5, at 6 p.m., at Liverpool Elementary
- March 12, at 5:30 p.m., at Morgan Road Elementary
Any community member or group interested in scheduling a presentation regarding the Education 2020 Initiative should contact the Office of the Deputy Superintendent at 315-622-7148.
Community members can still ask questions, submit comments, or address rumors they may have heard about the future of the district. To do so, visit the LCSD Web site at www.liverpool.k12.ny.us/community/education-2020 and submit questions and comments using the Education 2020 form (click on the link at the top of the page).
Community members are asked to include their name and e-mail address so the committee can respond (anonymous submissions will not be answered).
What are the recommendations?
- Close one elementary school
- Close District Office (move those offices to the Liverpool High School campus)
- Create four K-2 schools
- Create four campus (3-8) schools
- Create one (9-12) high school (includes former Wetzel Road Elementary for career /technical programs)
- STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math)
- CTE (Career Technical Education)
- Increased Special Education & English as a New Language programs
- Instructional Resources
- Health and Safety
- Mental Health Support
- Professional Development
- Professional Resources for Teachers