At its January 30, 2018 business meeting, the West Hempstead Board of Education unanimously adopted a resolution to move forward with restructuring the district’s schools. This decision comes after several months of public meetings designed to share details of the proposed plan, listen to input and respond to questions by various stakeholders.
Effective in the 2018-19 school year, the plan groups students by grade level rather than by neighborhood. There are distinct advantages of moving to this model of educational delivery, including increased opportunities for whole-grade collaboration and development, greater consistency in classroom practices and resources, and comprehensive programs in each elementary school.
Under the plan, Chestnut Street School will remain a kindergarten center for the youngest learners in the district. Cornwell Avenue School will transform from an elementary school serving grades one through five into a primary school for students in grades one through three. George Washington School will be an intermediate school, housing students in grades four through six. West Hempstead Middle School will serve seventh and eighth graders, and the High School will continue to house students in grades nine through 12.
“This restructuring supports the district’s mission of innovating and reimagining 21st century learning,” said Superintendent of Schools Patricia Sullivan-Kriss.
The district is committed to easing the transition for students as the schools restructure. “Administrators and staff will be planning opportunities for the students to become familiar with their school for next year, especially for students who will be moving to a new environment,” said Ms. Sullivan-Kriss. “We realize that change is never easy, but are confident that our students will make a seamless transition with the support of our valued staff.”
The district thanks all community members who attended the forums on the restructuring and looks forward to keeping parents and residents updated as the plans are developed over the coming months.