Among the original cost-cutting measures was a plan to combine Cannon Street and Mountville elementary schools, with Cannon Street students attending Mount-ville in the fall. Based on community feedback, officials said they are looking at other scenarios.
“A major part of this process is gathering stakeholder input,” Schools Superintendent Cole Pugh said Tuesday. “Taking into consideration the comments and concerns expressed so far, we felt it was important to offer alternatives.”
In addition to the original proposal, a second option combines the two schools as planned, but allows parents of current Cannon Street students to select schools other than Mountville, subject to space availability. Possible schools accepting those students would be Whitesville Road and Berta Weathersbee elementaries and West Side and Ethel Kight magnet schools.
A third option would allow Cannon Street students to remain where they are, but reduce the staffs at Cannon Street and Mountville schools to be in line with other elementary schools in the system. Both schools are underenrolled and serve about half of their capacity.
That option would reduce staff at Cannon Street by five positions and Mountville by three for a projected saving of $434,000. Staff members affected by the reduction would be reassigned to other schools where vacancies exist due to resignations or retirements.
To reach the $1.1 million saving required in the original proposal to balance the budget, all school system employees would be required to take two days leave without pay.
A fourth option includes no changes at Cannon Street and Mountville schools, but would require all school system employees to take three days of leave without pay.
A second public hearing on the consolidation of the two elementary schools is at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Mountville Elementary. A hearing Monday at Cannon Street drew negative reaction to closing the school.