By Thanksgiving, Middletown’s elementary students and teachers should know where they’re going to be next school year.
Within the next two weeks, separate committees that will decide where the students and teachers will go in the 2013-2014 school year will start meeting, said district Superintendent Ken Eastwood. Starting in September 2013, all of the district’s elementary schools will teach kindergarteners through fifth graders; by then, the new, 1,200-student Presidential Park Elementary School is expected to be open, and Chorley School will have been torn down. Currently, Truman Moon and Chorley schools teach kindergartners and first-graders, while Maple Hill and William Carter teach second- through fifth-graders.
The attendance reconfiguration committee will look at the district’s population by race and income, to make sure each school’s student population is balanced. The teacher reassignment committee will mostly deal with contractual issues related to transferring teachers.