Schools will send surveys for community, staff, student input

Gwen Chamberlain The Chronicle-Express
Penn Yan Middle School

Community members, school staff and students in the Dundee and Penn Yan Central School Districts will soon be receiving surveys from the school districts as they work to identify the best way to meet the public education needs of the future.

Both school districts have seen enrollments decline 30 percent over the past 15 years.

Dundee School Board members reviewed the surveys at their Aug. 10 meeting, and after a final review by the Penn Yan Board, the surveys will be distributed. Dundee Superintendent Kelly Houck says they hope to have responses in time for discussion at a joint meeting of the boards of education on Sept. 20 in Penn Yan.

That meeting will be the second joint meeting which board members invite the public to attend for discussions about how to provide students with educational opportunities that will prepare them for the future.

The first joint meeting was held in Dundee in July, and by the end of the open forum,  Penn Yan Superintendent Howard Dennis had a lengthy list of ideas that came from board members, staff, parents, and members of the community.

Ideas that came up July 19 include providing technology, trade-related programs, advanced placement opportunities for high school students, perhaps offered through remote video presentation.

The Sept. 20 meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. in the Penn Yan Elementary Cafeteria.