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Shari Rossi January 23, 2014 at 09:25 am
My last effort to BoE tonight as a parent at Meadow Pond Elementary School. In marking up theRead More following document regarding the budget (not included here), it becomes clear we have bigger problems mandated by the State. The fact is, it's heartbreaking to tear and rip apart this small loving community in the throes of harsh times and unexpected changes, this seems heartless and imprudent. Yet, a Phoenix always rises from the ashes and this Community sees their Awakening. We have never had this type of opportunity to band together, but you have delivered it to us. We have to thank you for helping us to find each other. As a result, the biggest and only question in light of the mountains of heartfelt effort and sense of Community driving the opposition of the facts as stated and the conclusions you have drawn here-to-fore beg this one question: WHY DON'T YOU CARE AT ALL ABOUT THE OVER 1,000 PEOPLE REPRESENTED BY YOU? This is the most perplexing notion personally. How do you stop caring and turn a blind eye to well-spoken, passionate, diverse neighbors and their families who you are supposed to represent as our fiduciary? It's wildly authoritarian to not give ALL THESE impassioned residents their due and let time play it's hand and not stop a resurgence of energy in its tracks. You are creating a self-fulfilling prophecy that you will wish you could have turned time back on when you want to sell YOUR house. Why would you ignore us ALL? We're not just a rag tag army, but I dare you to remember their effectiveness on making their cause a success. Do you look at us all in the face next year and say "Good Morning?" Will you look in the mirror knowing you turned your backs on so many people you shop with, drive with, see at the field or at drop off or other venues around town and activities? WHY would you so blatantly discount your Neighbors? Your jobs are tough. No doubt about it but I have to say, you presented your cases poorly. We presented our evidence well. Now it's your ego versus your honor in the battle of good and evil. Please give us a year to sort this out. You may be right, but you haven't convinced us. The better option of valor is to be just and empathetic to the notion that we fear you will irreversibly destroy the Town we love for no "great" reason. Please err on the side of caution and don't convict an entire town to your whim just because you can. Err with the people you represent. Question your motivations and believe that this Town is filled with brilliance or you are not telling us your whole story. Please stand FOR us tomorrow and give us time to vet this properly. Very truly, Shari Rossi Shari Goodstein Rossi Shari.Rossi@Goodstein.com Shari.Rossi@EagleAirInc.com
Carmen Delessio December 30, 2013 at 02:49 pm
For additional perspective on how big this number is: 2013 - 1926 voters, 3 of 4 candidates electedRead More 2012 - 2242 voters, 2 of 4 candidates elected in 2013 Dr. Treyz won his seat by 76 votes in 2012 Ms. Tobin won her seat by 239 votes in 2011 Mr. Day and Ms. Harckham were the only 2 names on the ballot. Richard Stone, Charles Day, Stephanie Tobin, and Peter Treyz all got more votes from LES than any place else. LES gave more votes to Ms. Tobin than Increase Miller did.
Lynne Geaney December 18, 2013 at 09:45 am
Reading through the comments on the petition I was very moved to see so many former LES students whoRead More are now in college taking the time to support their old school and their community. Thank you!
Juanita December 18, 2013 at 12:30 pm
I just saw a facebook ad for this petition. I had no idea that kids right next to IMES are goingRead More to be bussed to KES and that IMES will now be about half former LES kids. I just read that 99 kids are being moved from IMES to KES. Is this true?
Save K-L Schools December 18, 2013 at 02:46 pm
Redistricting information and maps are posted on the K-L School District website atRead More http://www.boarddocs.com/ny/klsd/Board.nsf/goto?open&id=9E54CS6A17A7 It is also posted on https://www.facebook.com/groups/Saveklschools/
CazNY#1 November 27, 2013 at 01:03 am
Wow. That is pretty powerful. So if I am keeping score correctly everyone is against the closureRead More except the parents who think the "saved" money (sic) will benefit their kids, the residents who believe incorrectly they get $150 saved off their tax bill and the 4 members of the school board. Setting up to be a historic disaster for the community in 2014.
Lewisboro Elementary School has been targeted for closure by the District.
Carmen Delessio November 12, 2013 at 10:37 am
Schooldigger is a site that ranks schools. It was recommended because it is commonly used byRead More parents who are evaluating schools before a move. LES i#63 of over 2,200 in NY. http://www.schooldigger.com/
Teresa de la Guardia November 12, 2013 at 11:17 am
We also used Greatschools.org for personal input by other parents. LES scores of 5 out of 5 starsRead More in 9 ratings. The LES New Families Commitee Buddy system that sets up new children with a classroom "buddy" really grabbed me...the only one in the district. It was brought to my attention in a review here. Its not only parents who know, most folks can agree, that any transition will be disruptive & challenging on multi- levels for young children. Having a transition plan in place told me LES was looking for smart solutions for their children's many faceted needs, while encouraging new families to join in, very special indeed.
Kathleen Martin November 12, 2013 at 02:26 pm
As a community, we need to really think about whether closing a top performing elementary school isRead More in the best interest of everyone involved. The savings is $1.7 million LESS the increased costs of transportation, moving, build-outs, etc. On day one of the closure, all three elementary schools will be at 98% capacity. This does not take in account increased enrollment due to home re-sales. We will have capacity issues immediately. Not to mention the disruption to the students, the decreased property values for the homes surrounding LES and increased traffic at the intersections of 121/35 and 123/35. Who will be around to pick up the pieces in two to three years, when we need to reopen LES due to overcrowding and cannot get the 60% vote to pierce the tax cap? In my opinion, it will be irresponsible of the SCTF and the BOE not to review and consider the data that has been provided to them by various community members. We need to remember that it was a community member who pointed out to the BOE that their projected savings of $2.5 Million was incorrect and that the savings was much less than that. It was also another community member who pointed out that the 2013 enrollment was actually on an increase not a decline as Dr. Kruetzer wanted the public to believe at the first public hearing. We need to demand that this process be transparent and that we have all of the correct data before proceeding with such a monumental decision that will affect all of us.
Signs along Route 35 protest school closure
Ahn Tou November 1, 2013 at 06:57 am
4 schools, 1/2 to 3/4 full with class sizes of 16-21. Not sustainable regards of cost savings.Read More Declining enrollment 10 years running. If not 2014, then 2015. It's real.
Carmen Delessio November 1, 2013 at 07:08 am
If every number presented is wrong, including the financials, then the class size numbers andRead More enrollment numbers are suspect at best. If every number presented is wrong, it is likely that all the numbers are wrong.
Concerned November 1, 2013 at 02:56 pm
At first the BOE said LES closure wasn't about the money, but more about efficiency. Then theyRead More overstate the savings (by 48%) anyway and then called it the Hope Diamond. To make things crazier, they then misplace red lines on an enrollment graph presented to the community to show a decline when it was really an increase. Last but not least, to this day they still haven't studied true student capacity, but continue to talk about peak enrollment as a measuring stick, even though those numbers had kids overcrowded having class in the hallways. What is the next discovery? Have any KES parents heard about a plan to ship all the Michelle Estates and Meadow's kids to KES? How will this effect KES class size?