Sunday, February 28, 2010

Will Free Ice Cream Lure Applicants?

  
West Ridge plans an ice cream social Monday night with the hopes of drawing in new applicants to attend Kindergarten in Sept. The school is self-described as "One of Greece's best kept secrets."

Is it really? Or is it that it has outlived its intended purpose to provide a buffer for attendance boundary changes? Will free ice cream, following the season's heaviest snowstorm, get people interested?

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

What if I or my child is lactose intolerant?

Anonymous said...

I think you and your child will be fine 9:19. Feel free to eat as much as you like at the event. However, if you or your child is bull crap intolerant, you may want to be careful of what their serving.

Anonymous said...

Brain Freeze:)

Anonymous said...

To 9:50- Careful with the language, children might be reading. Oh wait, this is Greece. They can already swear like sailors and hockey players. Nevermind .......

Anonymous said...

Personally, I will keep my fingers crossed that they don't get enough kids to have more than two kindergarten classes. It will force the school board to do the job they don't have the backbone to do otherwise. I'll attend the ice cream social and bring my brood of 6. It won't even begin to repay the lost tax money I've had to pay to support "choice" in Greece, but at least it will be something. I hope they have some hot fudge.

Anonymous said...

Even if they manage to scrape enough for two Kindergarten classes the same problem is going to rear its ugly head again next year. There will only be two 1st grade the following year and most likely even fewer incoming Kindergarten applicants. So the close of the school is just being prolonged. Why would anyone new want their child to start at a school who's enrollment is obviously on a decline and the fact that a bunch of blubbering crying parents bought them another year due to a spineless school board is only buying them borrowed time. Why didn't someone on the Board ask the obvious question. ..How is it fiscally responsible to keep a school open that houses K-5 with barely 400 students, when Longridge school has the same grade level has almost double?? True it is not a school of choice but it is rather obvious that no one is CHOOSING to go West Ridge anymore. If heard correctly at the Board meeting the projected enrollment for West Ridge next year is targeted at less than 400. So it seems logical that those students need to be distributed amongst their homeschools. Then their will be no more room at these sought after school of choices and it will be the first step in the right direction in shifting towards everyone going back to their neighborhood schools. How can they really justify keeping a school with the same grade level up and running at half the capacity of a school with the equivalent. The board just didnt want to deal with the cry baby parents and didnt back the Superintendent when he made a hard choice. Seems they will be doing more of the same as they back down whenever he does propose a unpopular but possibly necessary cut. So what new gimmick will be thought of next year when the whole school faces closure instead of JUST Kindergarten? I am pretty sure all their leftover icecream they are going to have on their hands after Monday will have a bit of freezer burn next year.

Anonymous said...

For what it's worth, and yes SCATS you probably already know this, our pupil transportation costs are presently in excess of $12,000,000 a year. Looking back at the actual expenditures in the 2001/2002 budget, the cost (total) cost for pupil transportation was $9,217,170, approximately $3,000,000 less than now. Bare in mind, this whole school of choice/lottery/open enrollment crap was fully up and running at that time as well. I guess what I'm wondering is: How can a district that has lost so many students (between 1,500 & 2,000), still find itself spending an additional $3,000,000 a year? I wish the archives would let me see what the transportation cost were pre-open enrollment. Factor in increases in fuel cost, employee pay, student enrollment, ect. and I bet we could come up with a real close estimate as to how much this present "go where ever the F you want to go" system is costing us, lord knows the BOE either can't or won't give us that information! Oh, and there's another thing they can't give us... a reason it still exists!

Anonymous said...

Sounds like we have a "fetish" that the board feels needs to be "funded" reguardless of costs.

As a earlier posting said the lack of backbone is a true statement.
The lack of leadership and the community pays and pays.