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ERIC Number: EJ932183
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-May
Pages: 4
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1784
Surviving a School Closing
De Witt, Peter M.; Moccia, Josephine
Educational Leadership, v68 n8 p54-57 May 2011
When a beloved school closes, community emotions run high. De Witt and Moccia, administrators in the Averill Park School District in upstate New York, describe how their district navigated through parents' anger and practical matters in closing a small neighborhood elementary school and transferring all its students to another school. With a group of disgruntled parents setting up a Facebook page and a blog to vent their ire, the principals of both schools learned how to communicate sensitively with the community. They created specific events to help students and parents transition to the new reality, such as arranging joint learning activities for kids from both schools before the transfer took place and hosting an open house at the new school for parents from the closing school. The authors share lessons learned about making school closings easier on everyone and keeping school community relationships on an even keel. (Contains 2 endnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New York