District ready for first school year with consolidation

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The first day of school is coming later this year for Punxsutawney Area School District students, and that’s because of a major change to where many of those students will be going back to school.

This is the first year all students will be on one campus, and the school district is ready to embrace this change.

“That brings a lot of opportunities, particularly at the elementary level, that we never had before, for our teachers to work together and for the kids to really get to know the other students in their classes,” Superintendent Thomas Lesniewski said.

Starting September 10, all kindergarten through sixth grade students will be in the former middle school. Seventh through twelth graders will be in the high school.

The superintendent said he understands that change can cause parents to worry.

“We’ll work through any minor problems we have,” he said “We’ve been working on this long enough, and planning for this long enough that we have most of this worked out.”

Despite assurances, many parents said that they are still concerned about the change. Some things they mentioned included losing smaller class sizes and kids being further away from home.

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