Dutchess Superintendent Says A Middle School Should Close

Nov 14, 2013

The superintendent of a large Dutchess County school district is recommending that one of the middle schools be closed.

Arlington Central School District Superintendent Dr. Brendan Lyons delivered his enrollment and school closing report to the Board of Education Tuesday. He says declining enrollment in grades 6 through 8 has led him to recommend closing Arlington Middle School – one of the district’s three middle schools. In addition, he recommends closing Arthur S. May Elementary School and moving the students and staff to the Arlington Middle School building. His report notes that of the seven elementary schools, the Arthur S. May building is limited in its adequacy and accessibility. The superintendent’s recommendations are for the 2014/2015 school year. The Board of Education is planning to hold a public forum on the recommendations Tuesday, January 7.