Wednesday, January 27, 2010

WEST RIDGE COULD BE PHASED-OUT!

 
Applications have fallen & waiting lists have shortened over the long term, according to Don Nadolinski.

Only 34 Kindergarten students seek entry in Sept. 2010.
They could "easily be absorbed by other schools." ~~ Supt. Steve Achramovitch

Elimination of one grade level each year could allow the school to be closed ... again ... and would save $$$ on teachers, aides, etc. starting in year #1.

Stay tuned for the new season of "As the Parents Roar!"
      

24 comments:

Anonymous said...

In a couple more years, that's what the registration figures will be like for Olympia. People are leaving Greece. When you lose trust, you've lost everything. There is no trust in Greece.

They can pretend that putting all their eggs in the senior basket will pay off politically, and tax wise, but the life expectancy creates a short-term benefit only. And no families in the schools to support the tax base. And rental homes with absentee landlords diminish quality of life.

They really blew it.

R.I.P. Town of Greece

Anonymous said...

This will be the 2nd time this school was closed. It was shut down in the late 80's or early 90's?...

It was made into a senior center then. So perhaps if we bulldoze the new senior center, go back to using West Ridge as a Senior Center, and when there are enough kids, we can rehire Christa Construction to come back in and rape us with some new buildings again.

Then in another 5 years, we can re-open it as a school, and wash, rinse and repeat.

Go Barnard Bear!

SCATS said...

To 1:05AM ~~ It reopened as a school of choice in 1990. You forgot to mention that it was rented out to the YMCA, a daycare center and Greece Continuing Education when the school was closed. The Senior Center came in when it reopened. Though it wasn't mentioned tonight that I heard, it has been mentioned recently as a possible future home for the district's new Family Support Center. Stay tuned ;)

Anonymous said...

It closed as an elementary school in June of 1982. Approximately half of the students went to Brookside and half to Buckman Heights.

It was close all at once. Not one year at a time. In Sept. of 2010 all of the current West Ridge students could be placed in their home schools with their neighborhood friends. Done! Money saved.

I happened to be the principal at that time.

Sincerely

Doug Skeet

Anonymous said...

Then the school building was immediately used to house a senior citizen program and what was then called continuing education headed by a Mr Holtz ?at first and then Duane Rupert as well as a school for kids at risk or who didn't get along in the regular schools...junior high age. Then when the school of choice was opened there and the attached building (which we had to pay for but don't get to take possession of until it is decrepit in 2020) became the senior center. Of course the town had to pay rent to Christa as well as the other tenants do. They (the laser visionaries of the 80's in Greece) envisioned a connected program with the kids and the seniors; like helping with reading and the kids looking cute.

So what is that attached building being used for now at 200 Alcott? Is it full of tenants? St Joseph's villa or daycare or what?
We should be suspicious when one of our buildings becomes "obsolete" that a developer is drooling over it. Is the plan to phase out the Westridge school to satisfy Christa (the landlord of the attached bldg) who can for a nominal preferred price possibly rent the school space and then lease it to his own tenants. Or will he buy it outright ....of course with community approval ha ha...and give the off-Fetzner neighborhood some nice traffic to his new office complex or hotel?

SCATS said...

To !0:37AM ~~ It was NOT immediately used for senior programs. That came after West Ridge reopened, as did the classrooms occupied by students from BOCES ... i.e. troubled students. The attached building came to be shortly after the school reopened, I think. It was part of the refurbishing project that updated West Ridge's interior but added a new Senior Center & Day Care wing. Apparently, the idea of seniors helping school kids combined with a conveniently located daycare wasn't a successful aspect of the "learning lab" West Ridge was touted to be.

Anonymous said...

Scats you might be too young to know about the brief time that the school building was used for continuing ed administration and some classes for continuing ed and senior programs. It was only after the school of choice started operating that the seniors were moved next door to the then new Christa building.The troubled student program just did not work.
Westridge reopened as a school of choice in 1990. Arcadia middle was relocated to the Mooney building same yea. Students that should have gone to Hoover could request going to the Mooney building for grades 6-8 to alleviate crowding at Hoover and fill the soon to be named Apollo building.
Pinebrook and Odyssey (grades 6-9) ...not named right away...opened in 1993. Remember all that rumbling when Anne Miller ran for school board and won in 1993 claiming that we had enough space in the elementary system without opening Pinebrook and the scolding Parents of Pinebrook-elect came out to wag their fingers at the board? She was obviously right.

SCATS said...

To 12:05PM ~~ Re: "Scats you might be too young to know about the brief time that the school building was used for continuing ed administration and some classes for continuing ed and senior programs."

Thanks for the compliment! lol

Are you saying this was prior to reopening West Ridge as a school-of-choice? I know for a fact the YMCA held classes in the gym, since family members were enrolled there. A day care center was also inside West Ridge prior to its reinvention. Creating a new home for that day care was part of the reason for the new addition. I am aware that Continuing education used the building, too. I wasn't aware of the senior programs. Thanks for enlightening me.

Anonymous said...

"Are you saying this was prior to reopening West Ridge as a school-of-choice?" Yes it was in the early 80's just after it closed as a regular school although I think at that time it was the only school in Greece that was still k-6. That is even before my time.

But definitely in 1982 or 1983 there was a senior program there in the day. It had a cafeteria too as I remember. I was not a senior at that time (or in some restaurants even now) but had to interview for a job with Duane Rupert.

SCATS said...

To 12:55PM ~~ Aha! I think the Senior nutrition program (or its equivalent) was held there. Now that you mention it, I recall there were cooking odors ;)

Buckman Hts. was also a K-6 school in the early to mid 80's. I believe it was the last one to close.

Anonymous said...

What are we waiting for?

SCATS said...

To 1:52PM ~~ We're waiting for the BOE to grow a spine. Until they are solidly squeezed between a rock and a hard place and feel they absolutely must cut something that will make them unpopular, they will continue to bide their time.

Take note school-of-choice parents: That time is fast approaching based upon last night's BOE discussion. Music programs are essentially untouchable. It sounds like the majority feel pretty much the same way about cuts to sports, even modified sports. So that leaves YOU and the employees for budget reductions. Guess who will lose THAT battle ;)

Anonymous said...

I know, I know, this will almost certainly get axed for "name calling", but I have to say it anyway: McCabe, for the 20+ years I have known him, has been and continues to be an absolute BOOB! A private discussion with almost any of his co-workers or neighbors will confirm just that. Phone ringing off the hook?!? What about his "community" input "phone-line" that has been screaming to rid the district of open enrollemnt/ lottery schools? Pick that call up McCabe! Oh that's right, your one of the lottery winners. Probably dumb luck that a GCSD teacher, married to a BOE member won the "lottery", right? Boily has got to thank God every night for being sent this "tool".

SCATS said...

To 6:30PM ~~ I can't bring myself to hit the delete button, because I had a good laugh. Thank you.

Anonymous said...

Shame on you scats for allowing the previous post. you delete the items that you find offensive to your "cronies" . If this were a newspaper, the newspaper would be printing a retraction.

SCATS said...

To 12:06PM ~~ If this were a newspaper, I'd be too busy to delete your comment because the politicians would be wining & dining me and my employees in hopes for a good word or that we'd overlook the "bad press" ;)

Anonymous said...

aaah, scats you marvel us with your intelligent thought, not!

SCATS said...

To 2:05PM ~~ If I were trying to dazzle you, you would be positively amazed :D

On a more serious note, please tell me when the paper printed a retraction in recent times. I bet you can't come up with any.

Here's an example of when they should have, but didn't: In a story about Greece, the reporter mentions something about Kathleen Trimmer, Receiver of Taxes. When it's pointed out that she lost the election and Kathleen Taylor is the Receiver of Taxes, did the paper/reporter print a retraction?? NOPE!! Instead, without a word or footnote, they edited the online version, as if they never made the mistake. I think that's kinda sneaky, if not dishonest.

Anonymous said...

Maybe they are using the readers as interactive editors. We point out their mistakes and they correct them. We are cheap help and they don't have to worry about accuracy in the final copy. There never is a final copy. Always a work in progress. Writer Workshop for Reporters.

SCATS said...

To 4:27PM ~~ Nothing would surprise me about that idea.

I just attempted to email MPNNews about some major omissions in a story they posted. Sadly, the email was returned as "undeliverable." Does anyone have a valid email addy for one of their editors or the publisher? If so, please share. Thank you!

Anonymous said...

allow me to echo the thoughts of 6:30, Mccabe is just that. He is playing the role of B. Russell during the Phelan years to a tee, only now we have Boily playing the role of Phelan. Just as Russell never disagreed with anything Phelan ever brought up, mccabe does the same for Boily, until now. His no vote the other night, because it's not enough for the seniors, was as scripted a move as I'd ever seen. Anyone that thinks for a second that Boily didn't direct his puppet in that move is sadly mistaken. Seems though him and Russell also have the label of lottery school winners in common, hmmm. the term Boob is probably an understatment at best.

SCATS said...

To 9:29PM ~~ It's interesting to me that I also thought McCabe was "scripted" with his remarks. He's certainly not known for creative or thoughtful dialog or utterances. It occured to me that maybe he & Roger had worked out their comments prior to the meeting. I guess it struck others that way, too. Maybe some of us have caught onto them ;)

I'm inclinated to think that McCabe wrote the ridiculous comments about how it's "the right thing to do" to pay for his great aunt's taxes. The $1.75/month reference was a give away.

Anonymous said...

nope, sorry scats you guessed wrong on the identity of the great aunt poster. I just posted on the other thread my response.
information on the tax issue is findable if you have a brain, but scats i am not sure you do, but alas, you won't post this either as it slams you not someone unsuspecting

SCATS said...

To 1:46PM ~~ Excuse me, but I've read a lot of info on the tax exemption and followed this issue for almost 3 yrs. now. What info are you suggesting I've overlooked?

PS ~~ When "slamming someone" in a public forum, it's best to do so using impeccable attention to details. Your keyboard has majuscules. Try using them.