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Meeting on future of MASD elementary schools is Nov. 28; district seeking your input on Fink, Kunkel

By Dan Miller

danmiller@pressandjournal.com

717-944-4628
Posted 11/21/18

A special public meeting is set for Wednesday, Nov. 28, to discuss the future of elementary schools in Middletown Area School District, including the potential of closing Kunkel and Fink.

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Meeting on future of MASD elementary schools is Nov. 28; district seeking your input on Fink, Kunkel

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A special public meeting is set for Wednesday, Nov. 28, to discuss the future of elementary schools in Middletown Area School District, including the potential of closing Kunkel and Fink.

The meeting will start at 7 p.m. in the Large Group Instruction room at Kunkel Elementary School. Residents will be able to ask questions about the options presented, and be able to provide oral or written input to the school board. The district during the meeting will provide tours of Kunkel, so residents can see the extent of renovations that are needed.

The school board and school district are looking at various scenarios for how to address projected future enrollment increases that will require adding more classroom space at the elementary level.

Kunkel needs more space and renovations. However, the district is reconsidering this in light of farmland across from and surrounding the school being put up for sale in Lower Swatara Township.

The school district is concerned about losing control of the land around the school, especially if the land ends up being rezoned commercial or industrial.

Instead of upgrading Kunkel, the district is looking at consolidating all elementary grades on the same campus now occupied by Reid Elementary School, the middle school, and the high school off North Union Street.

Under this option, a new elementary school would be built upon the campus, and Reid would undergo renovations.

The Fink building on Race Street in Middletown would no longer function as an elementary school under this option. It could become the new home of district administrative offices, replacing the building at 55 W. Water St., which would be put up for sale.

However, Fink would remain an elementary school under some other options that the board and district are considering.

One other option would have all kindergarten at Fink, with the rest of the elementary grades being housed at Reid and at the proposed new building on the main campus.

During the board’s Nov. 7 meeting, consulting architects Crabtree, Rohrbaugh & Associates also presented an option having kindergarten through grade 5 at both Fink and Reid, with a new building housing K-5 to be constructed at a site not yet identified.

No decisions will be made until after the Nov. 28 meeting, Superintendent Lori Suski said in a Nov. 12 letter posted on raiderweb.org inviting district residents to the special meeting.

During the meeting, the consulting architects will present the projected enrollment data that is driving the need for the district to add more elementary space.

The district also will present the options for elementary school configuration, including proposed costs, pros and cons of each option, and how each option would impact the education of students.