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Groton superintendent to update school board on racial imbalance

By Deborah Straszheim

Publication: theday.com

Published September 03. 2014 4:12PM   Updated September 04. 2014 12:11AM

Groton – Superintendent of Schools Michael Graner will update the Board of Education on Monday about how he is responding to the state’s request for a plan to correct racial imbalance.

The state cited Groton in May for a racial imbalance at Claude Chester Elementary School and gave the district until Sept. 12 to submit a plan to correct the imbalance.

The state considers a school out of balance if the percentage of minority students attending the school is greater or less than 25 percent of the district average. Claude Chester had a minority population of 68.2 percent at the time, compared to a district average of 43 percent.

In June, Graner said he planned to submit the district’s future school construction program as the way Groton would address the racial imbalance. That plan is still in the works.

Graner will update the school board on the issue during its meeting at 6 p.m. on Monday at Mary Morrisson Elementary School.

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