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ERIC Number: EJ711033
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Mar
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
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ISSN: ISSN-0036-6439
Figuring and Reconfiguring Grade Spans: While Most Remixes Result from Enrollment Challenges, Some Changes Start with Academics in Mind
Reeves, Kimberly
School Administrator, v62 n3 p16 Mar 2005
In his 20 years as a superintendent in five school districts across a wide swath of New York state, Paul Doyle has seen just about every grade-level configuration under the sun when it comes to public schools. In the 8,000-student Rome district where Doyle started as a superintendent back in 1985, campuses followed a K-6 configuration. Rome had an Air Force base at the time, and the town was still growing. When Doyle moved on to 6,800-student Fairport, a Rochester suburb, he recombined a long-overcrowded primary school with one serving grades 3-5 and created a stand-alone 9th-grade center, never knowing that the latter concept would one day become a favorite approach for some high school reformers. When Doyle assumed the helm of the 2,000-student Saranac Lake district in the Adirondacks three years later, he inherited a district comprised of schools with K-1, 2-5, 6-8 and 9-12 grade spans. When he moved on to the rural 1,100-student Clyde-Savannah in the Finger Lakes region, the three campuses used K-4, 5-6, 7-12 configurations. And now in the Riverhead Central School District on the eastern half of Long Island, Doyle oversees a 5,000-student district with K-4 campuses, a single 5-6 campus and a 7-12 secondary school.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Italy (Rome); New York; New York (Rochester)