For the past year, we have dedicated an extraordinary amount of time and energy on Strategic Planning. The Strategic Plan focused on four areas: Moving the 9th grade to Ward Melville High School; moving the 6th grade to the Junior High Schools (thus creating a middle schools); our elementary schools’ configuration and Start Time. The survey that was distributed to administration, faculty, and staff, parents, the community and students, clearly demonstrated a preference from our current configuration to the one we outlined on Superintendent’s Conference Day.

Although we had planned to move the 9th and 6th grades next school year, it has become evident that we need more time to plan and prepare for these changes. Therefore, I asked the Board this past Wednesday to extend the timeframe from the 2024-25 school year to the 2025-26 school year. Any changes that we will make need to be done right and not quickly for the sake of the students.

By the end of this month, we will be conducting another survey on the needs of the parents, students and staff with regard to start times. Your participation in this survey is critical for the Start Time Subcommittee to determine the feasibility of changes to the start times in the district at all levels.

Next month, a team of administrators will be examining our needs if the 9th grade moved to the high school. At the present time, we believe that at the minimum we will need additional spaces for art, music, and science. The results of this work will assist us in the budget process for next year in terms of capital projects.

I want to thank all of you for your support and input in this process. I especially am grateful to the administrators who have tirelessly worked on the data and all those members of our community who attended the over 40 meetings we had on this topic last year. If you have not had the opportunity to review the information that was provided, please follow this link to our district website where all of the presentations and information is still available.

Thank you,

Dr. Kevin Scanlon
Superintendent of Schools

Date Added: 9/15/2023