Before the board discussed the issue, Methacton Superintendent David Zerbe gave an updated recommendation to the board.
To the applause of the hundreds of concerned community members in the audience, Zerbe
recommended the board wait to make any vote one way or the other.
Please let me make it clear that my recommendation is that there should be no vote on any school closing prior to December of 2015, Zerbe
The board is prohibited by law from voting any sooner than May, three months after the Feb. 25 hearing date.
said waiting until December will allow the board enough time to thoroughly review all of the data and effects of any decision.
Additionally, it will give ample opportunity for the proper transition time necessary should the board vote to close a school for the 2016 school year.
At the Feb. 23 consolidation hearing, Zerbe
recommended Audubon Elementary School
be closed and Arrowhead Elementary remain open, selecting from a range of options including closing both schools, closing Arrowhead, and leaving both schools open.
said the option to close both schools were not economically or educationally feasible and leaving Arrowhead open had the best prospects for additional construction, if needed in the future, and fewer complications with district reconfiguration.
On Wednesday night, as part of his
updated recommendation, he
asked that the focus of the administration and board remain on the possibility of closing Audubon.
To aid in that focus, he
recommended four committees be formed consisting of members of the administration, staff and the community at large.
recommended formation of an enrollment committee, a student and staff transition committee, a committee to work with a consultant or group of staff on redrawing attendance areas and a committee to focus on the financial impact of any decision.