‘A giant company’ – School board accepts consolidation recommendation – The Hull Times
“It’s a giant undertaking for the city and a big decision. In the short term, we will proceed with Option 4. The goal is to keep this on the agenda for every meeting,” she said. “We talked at the retreat about having an SC meeting where the main agenda item would be BEUSF so the public would be aware of what we are planning.”
The recommendation of the ad hoc committee came after considering during the 2021-2022 school year the advantages and disadvantages of a possible school consolidation based on the previous report of the MARS advisory group.
Before making its recommendation, the committee considered the results of a survey of community stakeholders and feedback from a number of forums that gathered feedback from teachers, students, parents, community and others.
The overall objective of the BEUSF report, on which the work of the ad hoc committee is based, was to assess the educational adequacy of the three school buildings currently in use – Hull High School, Memorial Middle School and Jacobs Elementary School – taking into account declining enrollment and other factors.
Under the option chosen, the School Board would retain control of Memorial Middle School, which could be repurposed for other public/municipal purposes.
Option 4 would also provide an opportunity to develop a memorandum of understanding between the select board and the school board to guide the future use of the middle school building.
Choosing Option 1 would have meant that Hull Public Schools would continue to operate under the current model – Jacobs, Pre-K-5; Memorial Middle School, grades 6-8; and Hull High School, grades 9-12.