Plan would shutter Annsville Elementary

Published Feb 19, 2018 at 4:01pm

ANNSVILLE — A proposal to close Annsville Elementary School in Taberg at the end of the current 2017-18 school year is being considered by the Camden Central School District.

The Annsville school’s staff was told Thursday afternoon by interim district Superintendent Jeffrey Bryant about the proposal, school Principal Patricia Fallon said in a letter Friday to parents.

Bryant “announced to us that the Board of Education will be presented a plan for the closing of Annsville Elementary at the end of this school year,” the letter said.

The plan will be presented to the school board on March 5 at 6 p.m. at the high school auditorium in Camden. Fallon’s letter said “the board is tentatively scheduled to vote on the recommendation at the regularly scheduled board meeting on March 13.”

Preliminary information from Bryant included that “all Annsville students would be integrated into Camden Elementary School,” the letter also noted. That would refer to all students other than in pre-K. All pre-K students district-wide will attend McConnellsville Elementary School, the letter added. The Camden and McConnellsville sites are the district’s only other elementary schools.

“As your principal, I know you may be worried about this change,” Fallon said at the letter’s conclusion. “However, let me assure you that I and our teaching staff along with our district staff will be working hard to ensure a smooth and successful transition for you and your child.”

The Annsville school, at 9374 Main St. in Taberg, has about 157 students in pre-K to grade 4.

The proposed closing is related to declines in enrollment. The Camden school district’s overall enrollment in pre-K to grade 12 is about 2,100, down from more than 3,000 about 12 years ago, according to Assistant Superintendent for Business Karl Keil Jr.

Other than pre-K, the Annsville school’s students and teachers would be at Camden Elementary School under the proposal, based on available capacity at the Camden school, Keil commented. The Camden school’s pre-K students also would be relocated to the McConnellsville school as part of the proposal.

The overall plan will be detailed by Bryant at the March 5 meeting of the Board of Education, Keil said.

If the Annsville school closing is approved, it would be the Camden district’s second elementary school closing within the past five years. The Board of Education decided to close North Bay Elementary School at the end of the 2013-14 school year due to a decline in enrollment.