Salem parents say they're in dark on school plans

Salem - Parents at Monday night's Board of Education meeting expressed concern that they have not received proper notification about proposed changes to the organization of the Salem School.

The board, along with the administration of the Salem School, has been developing a restructuring plan because of declining enrollment and a tight budget.

The school is considering two different models, one of which would move the elementary school and middle school, which have had different time schedules for nine years, onto the same schedule - 8:40 a.m. to 3:25 p.m.

It would also involve children in grades kindergarten through eight riding on the same bus, a source of concern for some parents who spoke at the meeting.

Parents said they heard nothing about the proposed changes until they received a paper in their children's' take-home folders this week.

"I don't feel like I have enough information on why this is occurring," said one parent at Monday's meeting. "I just feel like parents aren't really being made aware of what's going on."

Board member Linda Robson said the board had been considering these changes for about a month and apologized to parents for the lack of transparency.


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