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TELL US: How Can Manchester Improve Its Public Schools?

The school board will make its decision - but Patch wants to know what you think!

TELL US: How Can Manchester Improve Its Public Schools?

The Manchester Board of Education is in the process of drafting a list of suggestions that it plans to submit to the committee tasked with formulating a long-term plan for Manchester's public schools. 

The School Modernization and Reinvestment Team Revisited, or SMARTR committee, is a 13-member panel made up of members of the Board of Education, Board of Directors and general public that has been charged with developing a long-term, sustainable model for the town's public schools. But it has sought feedback from the Board of Education on areas it should focus on and avoid. 

The school board discussed the issue for more than half an hour as part of its meeting Monday, but decided to give the subject further thought and attention at a planned Board of Education retreat in early October, and to possibly also hold a public forum to get feedback from residents on Oct. 9. The school board plans to officially act on the request at its Oct. 10 meeting.

Interim Superintendent Richard Kisiel sent the Board of Education a list of potential concepts it could recommend to the SMARTR committee last week, which includes making preschool more available to children, extending instruction time and combining all fifth and sixth graders into a new autonomous academy that would replace the current sixth-grade only Elisabeth M. Bennet Academy. 

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But Manchester Patch wants to know what you think? What improvements would you like to see made to Manchester's public schools? What needs changing? And how do you pay for them? 

Share your thoughts, ideas and concerns with the Manchester community in the comments section below. 

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