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SOUTH KINGSTOWN â€“ With the mission to create a more efficient school system, the school reconfiguration committee recommends balancing the size of the four elementary schools and moving the Hazard pre-school to Peace Dale Elementary School.
The decision of the ad-hoc committee made up of parents, teachers, school administrators and community members came after weeks of thorough discussion of the savings and educational value associated with many different options of reconfiguring the school district to make it more efficient and cost saving for the next budget year. The reconfiguration committee will now present their recommendation to the school committee at the June 14 meeting.
The final recommendation includes taking 120 students from the largest elementary school, Peace Dale and redistricting students so that the four elementary schools, Peace Dale, Wakefield, Matunuck and West Kingston are equal. In this, the committee hoped to maintain small neighborhood schools in South Kingstown. With the opened up space at Peace Dale, the committee also recommends moving the pre-school program from the Hazard building next to the high school to Peace Dale. The committee also intends to request that the school committee study, evaluate and plan around the concept of future two grade 5 to 8 middle schools.
At the last reconfiguration committee meeting on Monday afternoon, the committee focused on how the pre-school program will be affected and whether the handicap accessible playground named in honor of Matty Siravo should be moved to the new building or a new playground added.
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