Kamenetz proposes a solution for overcrowding
County Executive Kevin Kamenetz has asked the school system to consider moving fifth graders at crowded elementary schools to middle schools, many of which have space. The letter was sent yesterday to School Superintendent Joe A. Hairston and school board president Earnest Hines. Kamenetz says the county should consider ways to utilize the space it has before building new schools or additions. Parents at some of the elementary schools immediately criticised the idea, although fifth through eighth grade schools are a common middle school model around the country. I have been getting emails parents who would rather have a tax hike than live with facilities that are outdated. Others note that the Hampton Elementary School addition will cost the county $12 million, not $20 million as Kamenetz says. And Stoneleigh parents have said the school desperately needs renovations, whether or not an addition is built. I hope that those who support the solutions being proposed by Kamenetz and those opposed will begin a dialogue here.