LONG BRANCH:The intermediate and secondary students enrolled in Long Branch’s alternative programs will move to the Audrey W. Clark elementary school for this fall, the school board voted Wednesday.
The Long Branch School Board agreed to move the alternative program to the Audrey Clark School, temporarily, as the district reshuffles its elementary student population for the coming year and anticipates construction.
The alternative program will be moved from leased space at Holy Trinity.
Superintendent Michael Salvatore said the placement of the alternative program is temporary.
“They may be packing up and moving and in all likelihood they’ll be packing to move again,” he said, referring to a possibility of renovating and reconstruction the old high school.
Salvatore said the district anticipates the redevelopment of the old Long Branch High School building: “That is something we’ll be voting on in the next months.”
However, “It is our intention that the Clark School will remain an elementary school,” he said.
The West End School is closing and the George L. Catrambone School will become the newest primary school for the district. As one of its oldest schools, the West End School will close and its students will move on to grades elsewhere in the district as it reshuffles its assignments while one school closes and another opens.
The programs have already begun to pack up and ready for new homes. Salvatore said many programs are getting moved as a result of construction and reshuffling.
“Holy Trinity is completely packed,” said the superintendent.
The district will again act in two to three years to evaluate the demographics of the community, he said.
The board unanimously approved the move at its June 26 meeting.
Other board action at the meeting included switching the preschool curriculum to “Tools of the Mind” state curriculum, a switch from the curriculum the district used for approximately five years. Training preschool staff in the new curriculum was approved, and the cost of the program for the coming school year is $162,000.