OK, well maybe it’s not this year’s School Committee.
Here’s 2008 Superintendent Jeffrey Young making the case that 350-400 is the optimum size for elementary schools. Today’s Committee now says the optimum size is 450-500. It’s not clear what’s changed their thinking over the last 6 years.
I suspect the starting point of this discussion is not really the optimum school size but the desired number of schools. For whatever reason, I think School Committee is very definite that they don’t want to consider adding any new elementary schools. If that is the starting decision then the necessary school size flows from there.