Tuesday, February 09, 2010

West Ridge Enrollment To Be Reopened

By a vote of 6 to 0 (Oberg, Farington & Stenglein absent), BOE decides to try to get 2 or 3 Kindergarten classes at WR for next yr. This comes after cutting teachers, aides, some transportation, some sports, reducing extra-curricular costs, etc.

SCATS ~~ The Greece BOE made a values judgement tonight: schools-of-choice are sacred and saved from budget ax.

17 comments:

Anonymous said...

I would bet my left @#% that these half wits never even looked at the ACTUAL potential savings to ridding our district of school of choice crap. Phalen and Russell aside, this BOE has got to be the most self serving group in the town's history. Frankly, I don't see where they are going to be able to close the budget gap with what they outlined tonight, in which case we can either expect a huge raise in taxes or some of these schools and programs that think their safe had better not get too comfortable just yet, West Ridge included.

Anonymous said...

Now all you hit and run teachers, here's the question: With your positions being cut, why does YOUR wonderful union sit by and watch (potential job saving) tax dollars continue to be thrown at school of choice transportation. The GTA sits idle and watches it's members squirm to stay employed, while we ship kids all over the district, yet allow our class sizes to go up. Another fine example of the teachers and the GTA always being "all about the kids" I suppose. Are there any present or former bus drivers here that remember the number of routes 10-15 years ago as compared to now? I bet they have doubled at least.

Anonymous said...

Did anyone ask for confirmation of the story that only 35 students entered the westridge lottery? There is no way to confirm their contention which was the basis for the "scare". Maybe 100 kids tried out and they could be lying because they want to economize and deleting some of the teachers there seemed harmless. And eventually closing the school would be economical with the lower enrollment. Oh well that didn't work.
If they had only said we need to save money and it would be more efficient to return those students to their home schools, they would have been courageous. This tactic was beneath even them.

SCATS said...

To 12:17PM ~~ I don't think they confirmed that only 38 kids entered the lottery. However, I did hear the Supt. say there are only 403 students at West Ridge currently. That number is much below where they used to be, so I think the contention that WR's enrollment has been dropping over time is true.

Re: "If they had only said we need to save money and it would be more efficient to return those students to their home schools, they would have been courageous. This tactic was beneath even them."

Are you saying the truth is beneath this school board?

Anonymous said...

As a point of fact. The enrollment at West Ridge, 403 this year, has been steady. There have been fluctuations based on district goals for class size, but it has been at fill
enrollment for recent history.
It is a smaller school school, but not one with declining enrollment

Anonymous said...

The article this morning reported that the board by a "unanimous vote" decided to have the kindergarten at westridge. How will we explain to the reporter that a unanimous vote from our school board is a vote of 9. Even if all the board members in attendance vote yes and there are less than 9 present it is not unanimous. Thank you for the more accurate reporting Scats.

GreeceMom said...

WHy are they such fools. They have no backbone. If they are trying to scrape up enough to fill the spots then that in itself shows there is NO NEED. But they cut the pre-k bussing leave the school of choice bussing intact and continue to "rule". I have lost hope that we will every have anyone in the "majority" that will have a collective spine to just say NO! So the "K"wants of less than 100 kids out ways the fiscal responsibility we have to all the tax payers in Greece. Same story with the school of choice and secondary option bussing.

I must be silly to think that $880K would make a dent in a $12 mil shortage? Again not even on teh block to be cut.

(ALso posted 9:48)

Greece mom said...

Oops! I did not post (9:48 I posted the second comment on another entry. So Sorry! I am new to this "blogging" forum!

Anonymous said...

Does anyone know how much more school of choice busing costs than baseline busing to neighborhood schools?

Anonymous said...

I know after seeing those parents act that way I CERTAINLY would not choose for my child to attend West Ridge. Perhaps those parents of West Ridge would like to come up with the $150,00 that would be saved by eliminating those 38 Knidergarten spots that could be absorbed at other schools. Get rid of this School of Choice crap adn make everyone attend their neighborhood schools, it has clearly created rift sin teh community and parents have been brainwashed to believe that certain schools are better or above others. Even if you have 2 Kindergarten classes at WR this year, the enrollment overall is declining and the same thing is going to happen year after year. The class sizes are going to continue to shrink adn the phazing out of the school is going to happen, they are just prolonging the inevitable.Take the choices away from everyone and stop wasting the busing money, are these parents going to go recruit kids in teh Craig Hill area to go to West Ridge so we can pay to bus them all the way there??

SCATS said...

To 9:41PM ~~ You are correct. The BOE are now blaming the Supt. who never (yet) completed his study on school options/choice. Funny that they are going to nitpick reductions as small as $40,000 from sports but we can't slash a known $150K from WR that is fact driven (enrollment) as being a logical place to save.

To 7:07AM ~~ Then you need to listen to the BOE meeting that happened TWO WEEKS AGO. The Supt. CLEARLY STATED that WR enrollments have been on the slide. And last night he reiterated that SCHOOL CONSOLIDATION NEEDS TO OCCUR due to declining enrollments and the need to save $$.

To 8:07AM ~~ You're welcome ;)

To 8:58AM ~~ Nope. No study. No idea ;)

HANG ONTO YOUR WALLETS EVERYONE! THIS BOE IS PREPARING TO FOIST A WHOPPING BIG TAX LEVY ON US AND CLAIM IT'S NOT THEIR FAULT!

Anonymous said...

Once again our gutless BOE has caved in to the few at the expense of the many. Sure, as a parent I would like the opportunity to keep our kids together for six years too. I understand the continuity of such an arrangement. However, why should my children's access to this advantage be decided by the luck of the draw.

It's my understnding that because of anticipated declining enrollment, more K-5 schools are possible. Why isn't the BOE looking at this possibility that would give those of us in the majority equal access to this obvious advantage?

To my fellow parents and taxpayers who constitute the silent majority, I suggest that the time has come to revolt and take off the gloves. It's easy to see what a small group of parents can accomplish by taking action as they did to pressure the board. We can do likewise with more clout. Shame on all of us if we don't demand equal access to privileges granted to less than 2% of our students. It's time for action. Our silence enables the few to control the education of our children. Last night was a glaring example of that fact!

Anonymous said...

Sorry 2;05 you are forgeting "this" group has the backing of the gta = $$$$$$

SCATS said...

To 2:05PM ~~ You are 100% correct. Good luck dealing with the sheeple of Greece. In my mind, this issue belongs on the ballot for a community vote. Either it's good enough that ALL should enjoy it, or it's not good enough for it to be funded district-wide. It all goes to the indecision of our BOE, the spineless crew.

SCATS said...

To 2:41PM ~~ And more importantly, Joe Robach ;) LMAO

Anonymous said...

Neighborhood schools results in segregation by wealth. Are we ok with that?

How about evenly distributing kids by wealth and see what happens to the results?

SCATS said...

To 6:19PM ~~ Are you attempting to suggest that schools-of-choice and school option have DESEGREGATED our schools?? If so, you really need to look at the stats!