Nicole A. Elliott Staff writer

CAMDEN — The Camden Central School Board of Education is looking for volunteers from the community to serve on its Efficiency Study Focus Group.

The group will hold its first meeting from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8 at the high school cafeteria. The purpose of the meeting will be for members to listen to ideas and perceptions of the community about the findings of the program implementation/facility use study recently completed. The group will be hosted by a guest facilitator.

Dr. Jeffrey K. Bryant, superintendent, said the district contracted with Madison-Oneida BOCES to work with educational consultant Dr. Paul M. Seversky, to conduct a study exploring what options might provide more efficient ways or patterns to organize how the kindergarten through eighth grade program is implemented and delivered over the next three years.

Dr. Seversky had been working on the study since August 2011 and recently released his list of recommendations. The board is seeking feedback from the community to assist it with future decisions through the Efficiency Study Focus Group. District officials and board members have cited concerns over the lack of available financial resources and forced reductions in staffing, programming and general operations, coupled with increased expenditures since the 2008 recession, as reasons for the efficiency study.

Officials said there are also concerns about shortfalls in state aid revenues, with aid likely to remain flat in the foreseeable future.

Key recommendations under consideration from the study:

¿ SCENARIO A:

Continue the current pattern of delivery.

¿ SCENARIO B:

Serve Pre-K through fifth grade in three existing elementary schools. Do not use Annsville Elementary.

¿ SCENARIO C:

Serve Pre-K-5 in three existing elementary schools. Do not use North Bay Elementary.

¿ SCENARIO D:

Serve Pre-K-5 at Camden Elementary. Serve Pre-K, kindergarten, first and second grade at McConnellsville Elementary. Serve grades 3, 4 and 5 at Annsville Elementary. Do not use North Bay Elementary.

¿ SCENARIO E:

Serve Pre-K-4 at Camden Elementary, McConnellsville and Annsville. Serve grades 5-8 at the middle School. Do not use North Bay Elementary.

¿ SCENARIO F:

Serve Pre-K-4 at Camden Elementary. Serve Pre-K, K and first at McConnellsville Elementary. Serve grades 2, 3 and 4 at Annsville Elementary. Serve grades 5-8 at the middle school. Do not use North Bay Elementary

¿ SCENARIO G:

Serve Pre-K-4 at Camden and McConnellsville Elementary. Serve grades 5-8 at the middle school. Do not use North Bay and Annsville Elementary.

¿ SCENARIO H:

Serve Pre-K-2 at Camden Elementary. Serve grades 3-4 at McConnellsville Elementary. Serve grades 5-8 at Camden Middle School. Do not use North Bay and Annsville Elementary.

For more information about the group or to volunteer, contact Dr. Bryant at 245-4075 or go online to www.camdenschools.org/district.cfm.