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Montessori Closure Compromise Reviewed

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The fate of the Millcreek School District Montessori program remains up in the air.

But, it appears that the school board is now considering a possible compromise.

Parents met with the Millcreek School Board once again Thursday night, to voice their concerns over the possible closure of the Montessori program.

As it stands right now, there are currently four Montessori classrooms in the Millcreek School District, including two at Belle Valley Elementary and two at Grandview Elementary.  A total of 63 students use the services, prekindergarten through third grade.

According to board members, cutting these classes will save the district and estimated $412,000.

"This is difficult because no one is discounting the quality of the Montessori programs, we know how valuable that education is," said Millcreek School Board President Judy Wheaton.   "What we're having to grapple with is the costs for the district as we face the $4 million plus deficit."

Superintendent William Hall said that the board will consider cutting the two classes at Grandview.  Parents would then have the option to send their children to Belle Valley.

Parents at the meeting shared their thoughts, on this possible compromise...

"Obviously, it's a compromise, it's not completely losing the program," said Jennifer Lachapelle.  "But I think that some of the long-term arrangements, I think we can justify keeping both."

"My children are at Belle Valley, so that would be positive for my family, but I think my family is in the position to say all or nothing," said Tony Pasquarette.  "There's a lot of disruption that's going to be caused."

Board members say cutting the Grandview Montessori classes would save the district $224,000, so the district will  have to look elsewhere for additional cuts.

The board is expected to vote on this issue on Monday.

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