Frameworks Committee hones in on configuration1/29/09

Parent forum to be held in February

Jan. 29, 2009

By Tim Simard

Observer staff

The Williston Conceptual Frameworks Committee is closing in on how the school district’s configuration will look in the future, and is hoping for public input early next month.

In a recent meeting, the Frameworks Committee narrowed the building configuration options from four to two. One option is to keep the building configuration structure that is currently in place at both Allen Brook and Williston Central schools. The other option would place kindergarten through third grade at Allen Brook, with pre-kindergarten and fourth through eighth grade at Williston Central.

Now the committee has begun to figure out how the grade span and grade grouping structures could look in each of the building configurations. Mary Jane Shelley, the committee’s facilitator, said the group was divided to develop specific grouping structures within the two building configuration options. Shelley said she asked members to consider joining configuration discussion groups they were “least enthusiastic about” in order to have the widest range of perspectives presented within each group.

Group members will then develop a rationale for each specific configuration option, taking into account their top 10 criteria and community and staff input from the first round of forums. The committee will finalize these options in its next meeting on Feb. 4. The options will then be presented to the community and teachers at their respective forums on Feb. 9 and 10 for further input.

Shelley said a handout explaining the rationale for each of the various configuration options will be available for parents and teachers at the forums. These are due to be posted on the school Web site,, on Feb. 6.

As was the process with the first round of forums, the committee will ask for pros and cons on the specific configuration options presented. The information will be used by the committee as it develops final configuration recommendations for the Williston School Board, Shelley added.

The parent forum is scheduled for Feb. 9 from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. in the Williston Central cafeteria. The teacher’s forum is scheduled for Feb. 10.