Lawrence school administrators have proposed a boundary change to shift more Kennedy School students into New York School for next year to make room for early childhood students at Kennedy.
In a release Thursday afternoon, administrators said board members would consider a boundary change for families who live north of 19th Street from Bullene Avenue east to Maple Lane to attend New York, 936 N.Y., instead of Kennedy, 1605 Davis Road. The change would also move families into New York’s district if they live north of East Glenn Drive and west of Harper Street.
As part of $4.6 million in budget cuts for next year, board members voted to close the East Heights Early Childhood Family Center and move its programs into Kennedy.
“We are working now to inform Kennedy and New York families of the proposed changes,” Superintendent Rick Doll said in a statement released Thursday afternoon. “We’ve also initiated discussions with both staffs to plan for a smooth transition that will ensure that Kennedy families are welcomed into the New York school community.
“By working together, the East Heights, Kennedy and New York school communities will meet the challenges of this transition and continue to provide a strong foundation for learning for all students.”
Board members will consider the boundary change during their 7 p.m. meeting Monday at district headquarters, 110 McDonald Drive. Final approval would have to come during the board’s April 26 meeting.
In addition for next year, board members will consider changing New York’s current school hours, 8:45 a.m. to 3:45 p.m., to coincide with Kennedy’s hours, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
A parent meeting to discuss the proposed changes will be 6:30 p.m. April 19 at the Kennedy school library.
East Heights, 1430 Haskell Ave., this year serves 130 half-day and full-day students in its eight classrooms. Kennedy’s enrollment for this year is 336 students, and New York, serves 135 students.