Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Outraged Parents Use Facebook To Organize

  
"Save West Ridge Kindergarten"

Facebook page features online petition & news links

Group plans meeting with Supt., BOE Prez & VP Wed @6PM at West Ridge School. All are welcome to attend.

Nikki Rudd from WHEC-TV reports Supt. Achramovitch refused to be interviewed on the topic. A video about the issue shows parent Jennifer Schrieb who says: "Shame on the fact that you did this behind our backs, and you haven't tried to put our kids first. You're putting your money issues first ... I think they're trying to get rid of the school in general, and I believe the plan is in three to five years is to have closed West Ridge in general."

Rochesterhomepage.net reports "the school is lauded by parents for small class size and high test scores."

West Ridge parent Melanie Williams asks: "They're talking about saving money but you would be sending two different elementary school buses to my house every morning to pick up my kids? So how is it that they are saving money?"

SCATS ~~ Parents in the rest of town who didn't win the lottery have their own questions about busing costs to schools-of-choice!

 

20 comments:

Anonymous said...

The sleeping giant is awakened and about to roar. Grrrrr!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

"Group plans meeting with Supt., BOE Prez & VP"

Uhmmmm so school of choice board members are going to meet with school of choice parents to get reamed about closing a school of choice? Greece deserves all the bad press it gets. We love to be laughingstocks!

Anonymous said...

Eliminating Kindergarten at Westridge would not surprise me. This district has had declining enrollment for the last 15 years. Back in 1991 the district "cooked" the books on enrollment to justify building Pinebrook and Arcadia Middle school and purchasing the old Cardinal Mooney. According to the "cooked" books on enrollment projections, Greece was supposed to have over 17,000 students in schools by 1996. It was a lie that was exposed by Anne Miller who ran for the school board and won in 1993. Our enrollment has been declining ever since. We have just a tad over 12,000 students enrolled in our schools which is LESS than the 13,356 students enrolled in 1993.

This school board should be closing schools and eliminating jobs. There is no justification based on current student enrollment for keeping all of our schools open. We have more than a THOUSAND fewer students than we had in 1991 when the district cooked the enrollment numbers to build two new schools and purchase the old Cardnial Mooney. It is time to close some schools down and fix the transportation mess that busses kids all over hell's green acres to the tune of millions of dollars a year.

TAX INCREASE??????? I don't think so!

Anonymous said...

And I forgot to add that the student enrollment is DOWN by FIVE THOUSAND students from the "cooked" figures we were given 15 yrs ago.

Anonymous said...

In keeping with what 6:37 said: "There is no justification based on current student enrollment for keeping all of our schools open", I wish to also point out that there has NEVER been EDUCATIONAL justification for our district's school of choice, PERIOD! That is supposed to be the reason we spend our money, right? For EDUCATIONAL purposes. It's never once been shown to be beneficial in that regard. Likewise, we have never been given a price tag for this system either.

Anonymous said...

Bob Lonsberry ranted yesteday about the school closing. He did not think through the situation but did provide fuel for those inclinded to protest the closing. I sent him the followmng e-mail in hopes he might recant his ranting today.

Bob: I'm getting disappointed in you. You have been getting quite sloppy on the facts; most recently regarding banking issues and health care issues.

Yesterday it was the West Ridge school issue. Greece has had a school population drop in the last 6 years of at least the equivalent of one elementary school with no downsizing at all.

At West Ridge, if they drop k this year and then k and grade 1 next year, they will be able to close the school the following year. Closing a school is the only way to save any real money.
Your ranting yesterday provided fuel for the parents that will protest any change that affects their kids.

Please go back to your old ways of getting the facts straight or at least thinking thur the situation before you go on a rant. We expect the facts from the press. We used to expect the facts from you also. However of late you have been more like a TV reporter who thinks being first is more important that being right. Slow down please!

Anonymous said...

Get ALL kids back to their home school which would include creating a zone for Pinebrook.
Make Oddysee an alternative school for those who choose to disrubt the other schools, no sports, no extras.
This open enrollment and bussing we are doing for schools of choice is nothing short of lunicy.
It must be done all at once. This doing one grade is very poorly thought out. Change is not easy. The breakup of neighborhoods shows a lack of leadership.

Anonymous said...

The West Ridge parents are right!! It is wrong, wrong, wrong to not allow kindergarten students to attend West Ridge starting next year. As stated above in some homes two buses would have to stop at one house.

The Supt. of Schools and the BOE can solve that problem, as they should, by closing down all grade levels for the ENTIRE West Ridge school for next year.

The students would get a great education in their home schools and the district would save money. It really is a no brainer.

Then again, that is the reason West Ridge will not close next year, no brains and no backbones in high places.

Sincerely

Doug Skeet

Anonymous said...

Very well stated 6:37AM !

Anonymous said...

Agree with Mr Skeet.
And further if the district continues the idea of just eliminating the K and then the K-1 for an excruciating end for the families, why not have the parents decide to quit on their own terms and pull all the kids out starting next year voluntarily? They have to take those students at their regular school.
Careful though. If this threat is presented to the administration they may just back off for a year (sneaky battle maneuver) and then close the school with no warning in 2 years.
Beware WR parents. Get out while you can and help your children adjust on your own terms.
And this should be a lesson to the rest of the schools of choice that you are not exempt from the politics of the district. Obviously these schools were not really created for educational lab and excellence but to provide a buffer to the elementary boundary changes. And a means of escape from Olympia and Parkland.

SCATS said...

To 12:55PM ~~ I'd like your reaction to the BLOG I just posted. I suggest we "save" West Ridge by closing Parkland School and moving their students into W Ridge ;)

Anonymous said...

From 12:55
Love the idea,Scats from. But we know how far it will go. Previously I had waxed on about closing Parkland and the apartment developer taking it over (buying or leasing). It would work if the district was interested in shutting an unnecessary school. But I still suspect the choice of the Westridge property is due to its attractiveness to another developer.

SCATS said...

To 1:45PM ~~ But my idea satisfies everyone ;)

Anonymous said...

Yes it does. Let's see if the Westridge parents adopt it. And what will the Parkland parents feel about it?
That is part of a "parkland campus of the Parkland brookside thing" If parkland is closed then Brookside could become another neighborhood k-5. Oh the implications.

SCATS said...

To 2PM ~~ It could become "viral" as they say! :D

Anonymous said...

Scat; do we have from the district or the board WHAT has been decribed as the problem?

How do you fix a problem until the problem has been defined?

What is the goal?

SCATS said...

To 3:15PM ~~ What I heard discussed at the BOE meeting was that overall enrollment at West Ridge has been on the decline for a number of years. Currently, there are only 34 students seeking to attend WR's Kindergarten in Sept. (I don't know where Laurel Heiden got her inflated figure of 38 that she used in that press release. Steve said it was 34.)This topic was brought up during the bigger discussion of what GCSD could trim out of the budget since Gov. Dave wants to reduce our state aid by $8 million.

Don't forget, the BOE was supposed to be looking into schools-of-choice anyway and hasn't pressed Steve for his report/recommendations on the topic. It seems to me that THIS IS one of his suggestions.

Anonymous said...

What goal 3:15? The board has none. Well none other than to hire a new puppet to replace Steve II.

Anonymous said...

You can't force people to want to attend Kindergarten at West Ridge. If there numbers are down, they are down. It is the responsible thing to do if you only have 34 or 38 students expressing a desire to go there, after all it is a school of choice. Parklands numbers are higher than that, regardless of what school it is with an enrollment that low, not even enough to warrant 2 classes it is fiscally responsible to eliminate that grade at that particular school. I am sure West Ridge parents are upset, especially if they have other children that allready attend there but obviously not everyone thinks the school is the cats meow if they aren't electing to send their children there. Everyone wants to come up with ways to lower the taxes, this seems like a logical step. If enrollment swings back next year open it again. All those parents that have their children on the long PineBrook waiting lists obviously didn't elect to have their kids go to West Ridge, they would rather have them attend their home school. It is their choice. Returning to Home School boundaries is what is going to happen anyhow, especially if a school does close. There is going to be no room at all theses schools of choice so everyone is going to have to go where they belong. Why would we keep a kindergareten class open if there are not enough children? It seems to equal a waste of money. Those children can get the same Kindergarten education at their home school.

Anonymous said...

Where's that study on the school option and school choice topic the board asked the superintendent for?