MENTOR, Ohio -- The first in a series of community meetings was held in Mentor Thursday to discuss school changes which are expected to happen next year.
For the 2018-2019 school year, both Garfield and Brentmoor Elementary will close. Ridge Middle School will reopen as an elementary school.
All middle school students will attend Shore or Memorial. Additionally, the boundaries of two other elementary schools were changed.
At last check, district officials could not say for certain how many staff members, if any, would lose their jobs as a result of the new plan.
The changes are expected to save the district more than $7 million over the next five years.
“We used to be well over 10,000 students in Mentor; now we're down to about 7500." "We had some student input and we talked to students particularly at the three middle schools and the high school because we needed to tap into their expertise, they do in fact have some different perspective," said interim school superintendent Bill Porter.
"Transitions are always challenging, especially having a child of special needs; there's a whole lot of preparation work, a lot of gearing toward those transitions, but I feel with the open communication Mentor has, it makes it a little more reassuring and so it's a little more settling for myself and my family," said parent Elizabeth Crossno.
"I think it was a huge effort that they undertook. It sounds like they did it for the betterment of the community, and for the students, so you can't go wrong with that," said parent Marty O’Neill.
Here is a list of other scheduled community meetings at Paradigm (6465 Center Street)
Tuesday, January 16
5:30 p.m. Brentmoor
7:30 p.m. Ridge
Wednesday, January 17
5:30 p.m. Garfield
7:30 p.m. Hopkins