Dumbarton Middle School parent meeting
Dumbarton Middle School parents met last night to discuss plans to move Rodgers Forge fourth-graders over to Dumbarton this fall.
The change in venue (this meeting was at DMS) wasn't the only thing that differed from last Monday's meeting at Rodgers Forge. Only a dozen parents were in attendance for the session that lasted about 45 minutes - compared with more than two hours last week - and things were decidedly more low-key.
Principal Nancy Fink and Lyle Patzkowsky fielded parent questions - of which there were also decidedly fewer than those coming from the 70 or so parents at Rodgers Forge last week. But here are a few additional tidbits regarding plans for next year, which Fink described as having "pretty minimal" impact on her school:
*Dumbarton will have four portable buildings (which Fink prefers to call "learning cottages") next year to make up for the five second-floor classrooms that fourth-graders will use.
The school had such buildings during its renovation a couple years ago, Fink said, and the electric meter is still there and ready for use. Two health teachers, a couple math teachers and a social studies teacher will be making the move to the portables.
*Dumbarton's capacity is 1200, and its current population is well below that, at about 950, Fink said. So there aren't really any concerns about overcrowding there, even with the incoming fourth-graders.
"We have lots of room," Fink said. And plenty of lockers, too.
*Fink emphasized that she and other school officials have worked hard to ensure there's "little interaction - if any - between fourth-graders and middle-school students," responding to (elementary) parent concerns on that score. Rodgers Forge kids begin their day an hour after Dumbarton does, and will be moving about when the middle-school students are either in class or at lunch, Fink said.
Finally: Tomorrow evening, Rodgers Forge parents can take a tour of Dumbarton and see the space where their children will be this fall. Middle school students will be their guides.