Til­gh­man school town hall slated

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Tal­bot County Pub­lic Schools Su­per­in­ten­dent Kelly Grif­fith will host a town hall Wed­nes­day, Sept. 27, to dis­cuss the pos­si­ble clo­sure of Til­gh­man Ele­men­tary School.

EAS­TON — A town hall hosted by Tal­bot County Pub­lic Schools Su­per­in­ten­dent Kelly Grif­fith will be held at Til­gh­man Ele­men­tary School at 6 p.m. Wed­nes­day, Sept. 27.

Til­gh­man res­i­dents cir­cu­lated a no­tice en­cour­ag­ing res­i­dents to at­tend and voice their con­cerns about the rec­om­mended clo­sure of the school. “This is a mat­ter of great con­cern to the Til­gh­man com­mu­nity,” the no­tice stated.

Grif­fith asked the Tal­bot County Board of Ed­u­ca­tion at its July 19 meet­ing to con­sider the pos­si­bil­ity of clos­ing Til­gh­man Ele­men­tary School as it de­lib­er­ates its 2019 bud­get.

She pre­sented data from an Ed­u­ca­tional Fa­cil­i­ties Mas­ter Plan pre­pared by Dr. David Lever of Ed­u­ca­tional Fa­cil­i­ties Plan­ning LLC in An­napo­lis.

The po­ten­tial clo­sure of the small ele­men­tary school is “one of sev­eral rec­om­men­da­tions in the plan,” ac­cord­ing to a state­ment re­leased by the dis­trict of­fice.

By clos­ing TES, the dis­trict would save an es­ti­mated $384,276. The plan’s cost avoid­ance summary used av­er­age cost data from fis­cal years 2013 to 2016.

“De­clin­ing en­roll­ment for the past decade” prompted another look at the vi­a­bil­ity of the small school, Grif­fith said at the July 19 meet­ing.

Ac­cord­ing to a state school ca­pac­ity for­mula, TES’s ca­pac­ity is rated for 160 stu­dents. The pro­jected en­roll­ment fig­ure for fis­cal year 2018 is 59, which means 37 per­cent of the school’s ca­pac­ity is be­ing used.

“The un­der-uti­liza­tion of Til­gh­man Ele­men­tary School not only rep­re­sents an in­ef­fi­cient use of Board of Ed­u­ca­tion op­er­at­ing and main­te­nance funds, more im­por­tantly, it may de­prive the stu­dents at this school of ed­u­ca­tional op­por­tu­ni­ties that are avail­able to stu­dents at larger schools,” the EFMP re­port stated.

“Con­sol­i­da­tion of the Til­gh­man Ele­men­tary pop­u­la­tion with the St. Michaels Ele­men­tary pop­u­la­tion at the St. Michaels fa­cil­ity would re­sult in a school ... op­er­at­ing in ap­prox­i­mately the 89% to 93% uti­liza­tion range,” the EFMP re­port stated. “Any such effort at con­sol­i­da­tion, how­ever, must con­sider the ed­u­ca­tional out­comes that would be an­tic­i­pated, com­mu­nity pref­er­ences, and the im­pli­ca­tions for trans­porta­tion dis­tances and times.”

To read or down­load the Ed­u­ca­tional Fa­cil­i­ties Mas­ter Plan, go to www.tcps.k12.md.us, click on the Board of Ed tab and then “Bd Meet­ing Agen­das, Min­utes & Video.” Open the July 19 Agenda and click the link for the re­port un­der “Un­fin­ished Busi­ness.”

Pol­icy Code 10.4, “At­ten­dance Ar­eas, Re­dis­trict­ing, and Re­tire­ment of Fa­cil­i­ties,” can be found un­der the Board of Ed tab and “Poli­cies.”

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