Click on the links below for further details on the redistricting recommendation, including the information presented to the Board of Education and a pdf of the PowerPoint presented on 6-20-12.
At the June 20, 2012 Kingston City School District Board of Education meeting, Superintendent Paul J. Padalino recommended a comprehensive redistricting plan that would improve the delivery of education by consolidating resources, save a projected $25 million over the next five years, and merge three of the District’s 10 elementary schools. The proposed redistricting would move the District’s fifth grade students into M. Clifford Miller Middle School and J. Watson Bailey Middle School. Under the plan, Sophie Finn Elementary School would be transformed into a campus of SUNY Ulster, in a groundbreaking partnership between the District and the county.
“There has been debate over whether this redistricting is about education or is about finances,” said Superintendent Padalino. “Offering the best educational opportunities for our students goes hand-in-hand with creating a responsible, viable economic plan for our District’s future. As quickly as new planets are discovered or dictatorships are toppled, we must revise what we teach our students. Likewise, trying to apply an old model of delivering education when faced with new economic realities is false and unsustainable. Change is difficult, but I truly believe this plan is what is best for our District and our students.”
Some of the educational benefits of the plan include the opportunity to shift the educational focus on the elementary schools to a more heavy concentration on the primary/foundational skills that are essential for students’ success, including a greater emphasis on literacy, early language development, and basic numeracy development.
The plan also enables students in grades 5-8 to spend a greater span of time in middle school before entering high school. Research shows there is a direct correlation between the number of years spent in the school prior to entering high school and student’s success in Grades 9-12.