CSD makes proactive move to save district, closing Central
For a couple years Corning School Superintendent Kellee Smith has been forewarning that the district enrollment was dropping dramatically in annual public reports. Last Wednesday, April 10, Smith had the difficult task of sharing with Corning School District staff the news that a declining enrollment in the district has made the school board’s tough decision to close the Central Elementary campus necessary for financial reasons. The district is down to a total of 817 students.
Not wanting to wait until the situation forces the district to close; Smith has decided to be proactive and try to keep the district afloat in hopes that Corning’s economy improves. The district’s plan is to split the grade levels currently at Central Elementary placing third and fourth grades at the Park Elementary campus, making it a K-4 school under the direction of Principal Chad Hovis. Fifth and sixth grades will be moved to the high school campus in what was formerly known as the Junior High, in order to create a middle school encompassing grades 5-8 under the leadership of Principal Heather Clifton. Grades 9-12 will remain intact at their current high school location with Principal Jennifer Woolard and Assistant Principal Shelley Smith in charge. The superintendent said with two less grade levels to monitor and the concentration on grades 9-12, Shelley Smith will be able to focus on the current vaping and bullying situation on campus. Vaping has become a problem in schools around the area and the superintendent realizes the problem is in Corning as well.
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