By Crystal Wylie
Register News Writer
Madison County School Board Chair Mona Isaacs and Superintendent Elmer Thomas are scheduled to meet with Mayfield Elementary School parents 6 p.m. tonight at the school (300 Bond St.) to answer questions and listen to concerns, according to district spokesperson Erin Stewart.
On Friday, news broke of the proposal to close Mayfield convert its building into one of four kindergarten academies when Madison County Schools begin full-day kindergarten in August.
Some parents were upset they first heard the news from their children.
“My kids were disappointed with the prospect of Mayfield closing, and like other parents, I was angered by the lack of communication from the board,” said Mayfield parent Katie Samuel. “I found out about the school's potential closing when my children came home from school and had to deal with trying to reassure them without having any information of my own.”
The board is scheduled to vote on three kindergarten options Thursday at its regularly scheduled meeting, 6 p.m. at Madison Southern High School on Glades Road in Berea.
What Thomas sees at “the only viable option,” would involve involve shutting down Mayfield Elementary as a school and turning its building into a kindergarten academy. Students who attend kindergarten there would enter first grade at Daniel Boone, Glenn Marshall, Kit Carson, Kirksville or White Hall elementary schools, according to a district news release.
To cost $930,000 annually, the option would include hiring 13 additional kindergarten teachers and 15 additional para-educators.
The second option, at an initial cost of $1.86 million, would start all-day kindergarten at each of the district’s 10 elementary schools. A one-time cost of $480,000 would provide 12 mobile classroom for overcrowded schools. The annual cost of the additional 20 teachers and 20 para-educators would be $1.38 million, according to the release.
The third option would include redistricting to create space at each elementary school and also would require 20 teachers and 20 para-educators for $1.38 million annually (for more details, see “Some Mayfield parents unhappy at prospect of closure” in Sunday’s Richmond Register or www.richmondregister.com).
The board decided a few months ago to occasionally move its monthly meetings to Berea from its regular location at Madison Central High School to better accommodate visitor parking and those living in the southern part of the county.
The Mayfield PTO will provide a bus for those who cannot drive to the Berea meeting, said PTO President Amy Kaylor. The bus will depart from Mayfield at 5:30 p.m.
Kaylor hopes parents and teachers will show up to share their opinions on the proposal to shut down Mayfield as a school, she said.