Berlin council hears details of school realignment study Monday

Published on Sunday, 26 August 2018 20:53
Written by Charles Paullin

@CPaullinNBH

BERLIN - The Board of Education will meet tonight to hear about the final district realignment study from Drummey Rosane Anderson Inc.

The study, approved by the school board in March and costing $32,500, was charged to look at the feasibility of reconfiguring the three elementary schools.

Benigni had said the study would look at efficiencies in staffing, curriculum programming and any other aspect of the three elementary schools and how they could be changed, whether it be eliminating a building, building an addition, or some other method.

The study was to have been completed in June, but Superintendent of Schools Brian Benigni said the school district wanted to give Drummey Rosane Anderson more time to be thorough, and present it at a time when people wouldn’t be on summer vacation.

There is no extra cost for the added time spent on the study, Benigni said.

The meeting Monday will strictly be a presentation to the school board, Benigni added, with no questions from the audience. A public hearing is likely to be scheduled for Sept. 6, at which time audience questions will be fielded, Benigni said.

The school board initiated the study after discussing merging Hubbard Elementary School with the other two for the 2017-18 school year.

Hubbard’s enrollment was just over 200 students two years ago, with the others at just under 500, and the district was facing budget cuts.

But, not having a study of the overall impact, including on bus routes, school officials said, no action was taken at the time.

No action will be taken Monday, either, Benigni said. If any of the changes recommended in the study are acted upon, no major changes would take place until the 2019-20 school year, Benigni has previously said.

Drummey Rosane Anderson was the one of six firms chosen to complete the study. It has done studies for Cromwell, Madison, South Windsor, Bristol and several more municipalities.

Funds for the study were allocated from unspent money at the end of the year and savings from teacher retirements during the year, the director of business operations at the time, Eva Gallupe, said.

The meeting is at 7 p.m. in the Berlin High School auditorium, 139 Patterson Way. Members of the Town Council and Board of Finance are invited, Benigni said.

Charles Paullin can be reached at 860-801-5074 or cpaullin@centralctcommunications.com.



Posted in New Britain Herald, Berlin on Sunday, 26 August 2018 20:53. Updated: Sunday, 26 August 2018 20:56.