Friday, February 03, 2012

Where Are The Maps?

 
It's been brought to my attention that the maps showing the proposed attendance zones under the school consolidation plan have disappeared from the GCSD website.

WHY???

It's also been mentioned that many West Ridge parents are under the impression that their children will NOT be attending school with the kids from Affinity Lane.

Is Babs caving in?
 

17 comments:

Greece Dad said...

I am sure it is a giant conspiracy.

The original timeline provided said that boundaries on the map were suggested and might be altered during the continuation of the planning process.

All families should be notified of what zone they are in by the end of Februrary, right?

We have a basic idea what those boundaries look like. I am on the cusp of one, living near Stone Rd, and I can wait for a couple of weeks to find out for sure.

The new School Consolidation section on the district website looks as though it will be thorough and informative, as it continues to be developed. I applaud the district for the effort to give us as much information as they can.

SCATS said...

To Greece Dad ~~ The maps were there a week ago. WHY pull them now?

I'm getting memos from folks who claim that WR parents are adament that their kids won't attend school with the Affinity Ln. kids too.

Something sounds/feels fishy ;)

Anonymous said...

Still on BoardDocs if people want to look at it:

http://bit.ly/zR1Z9r

Looks like the whole consolidation section on the website is in progress.

SCATS said...

To 12:18PM ~~ THANK YOU!! Those are not the same maps, but appear to show the same attendance areas. Why would they remove the maps from the main page where all of the other School Consolidation info is gathered? Burying it in a 33 pg. document on BoardDocs is probably an oversight on their part. I won't be surprised if this gets lifted soon, too.

Anonymous said...

Scats,

They probably didn't want an incomplete, preliminary version on the site. The claim was that maps would be refined and finalized and folks would be notified by mid-February.

Assuming that there might be some tweeks to the preliminary maps, one would only assume this blog would find some grand conspiracy in any changes. It kind of makes sense to leave them off until they are finalized in the coming weeks.

I too, have heard from some WR parents. The ones I have spoken too look forward to an expansion of the program and the inclusion of the new students from Affinty.

Anonymous said...

Of note from the q&A:
Q: Will new students from the Odyssey attendance zone attend classes with existing students?
A: Yes, all Odyssey students, new and old, will attend classes together.

SCATS said...

To 12:57PM ~~ I find it interesting that WR parents are "looking forward" to sending their kids to school with the kids from Affinity. I've heard there are plans to pull kids out of Greece schools: some are moving, some are choosing private or parochial schools to avoid the kids at Affinity (and the sex offenders, too). I'm also hearing that a number of WR parents are either in complete denial or have insider knowledge, because they insist there is NO WAY those two groups of kids will be mixed.

To 1:18PM ~~ Time will tell what the reality will be, won't it?

SCATS said...

By the way, did anyone hear "The Buzz" yesterday morning and the callers regarding a 4th grade brookside student providing the BB gun to an armed gunman in some tanning salon hold-up? Apparently that was followed by a caller saying he couldn't get time to practice at a local firing range because Greece school kids from BS were there on a fieldtrip for the day. If that idea isn't amusing enough, apparently the powers that be felt the need to do damage control over it by calling the radio station to complain!

Anonymous said...

The reality for WR parents is that the only change for next year is the addition of any kindergarten age children from Affinity Lane. The attendance ZONES only apply to K and 6th grade next year. Of course year after year there will be new children that start those SOC's. It will take 5 years for the entire WR OA population to have kids for the ZONES in attendance. AND if you don'r have a K or 6th grade student you can not even apply. The SOC will see almost ZERO change.

Anonymous said...

I think some the GCSD plans may have problems but parents just can't run away from the poorer students and emerging divisions in Greece. Let's avoid insensitivity to racial and economic divisions in our town. With this and the response of some (I emphasize some not all) residents around the Bryant Stratton issue Greece will have a deserved reputation of insensitivity

Anonymous said...

2:11 The entire affinity complex will be going to the Parkland building K-5 the 1st year in. There is room and those families will not be split up and phased in.

Anonymous said...

The original plan was just kindergarteners from Affinity Lane but that changed. All k-5 students living at Affinity will get letters that Westridge is their home school!

Anonymous said...

Correct! Only pinebrook is phasing in at the kindergarten level!

Anonymous said...

Maps are there under this link on the designated consolidation tab :)

http://web001.greece.k12.ny.us/webpages/sconsolidation/reference.cfm

SCATS said...

To 9:53AM ~~ Thanks for uncovering that link. That info appears to be fairly well buried now.

Anonymous said...

"It's also been mentioned that many West Ridge parents are under the impression that their children will NOT be attending school with the kids from Affinity Lane." Then that means their kids will not be attending the Westridge school that is moving to Parkland building. Simple. Problem solved. That was a good way to get rid of that school of choice if they are firm in their resolve to not let their kids attend with people that don't have lots of money. Whether they put their kids back into the neighborhood school or send them to a private school it gets rid of so many problems for the superintendent. And if the school loses numbers they can solve that by making smaller classes which will be great for this new community. And it will help the private and catholic schools with numbers. Sounds like win win win.

I love it when the elite stamp their feet in a tantrum and the rest of us don't care for the first time. Good job new superintendent. It's about time someone stood up to these whiners.


But Pinebrook is still unscathed. Their time to join in on the pain will have to come. But not right now.

SCATS said...

To 10:36AM ~~ One thing I learned about Greece long ago is that NOTHING in this town is ever "simple" ... aside from some of the residents.