South Huntington Schools Consider Reconfiguration

The South Huntington school district is considering a significant reconfiguration of its school buildings, altering the grade levels served by five of its seven schools.

Only Stimson Middle School and Walt Whitman High School would be unaffected.

Under the proposal, raised at Board of Education president Nick Ciappetta at Wednesday’s Board of Education meeting,  the five elementary schools: primary centers Countrywood and Oakwood, intermediate schools Birchwood and Maplewood and the current sixth-grade center, Silas Wood, would instead each serve kindegarten through fifth grades.

A new, as yet unnamed sixth-grade center would move into the district’s building on Pidgeon Hill Road that currently houses the Long Island School for the Gifted. That building would also become the home of the district’s consolidated pre-k program.

The reconfiguration, which would need to be approved by the Board of Education, would not take effect until 2026-2027.  It is under consideration, district officials said it could save money on transportation costs, and the need to replace portable classrooms now in use.

Schools across Long Island have increasingly struggled with the availability of buses, several districts have reported.

The plan would keep students in their same buildings for six years, rather than moving them from primary centers to intermediate buildings, the sixth grade center, Stimson Middle School and then Walt Whitman High School.

District officials say they will continue to weigh options and will present information and take feedback at future meetings with the PTAs and the community.

2 Replies to “South Huntington Schools Consider Reconfiguration”

  1. Duhhhhhhhh…shame on the school district for not leaving the way it was in the beginning. They do such crazy things then……..go back to the way it was when the schools first opened plus teach some of the obnoxious kids on the playground some manners …just sayin

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