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Eighteen Districts Isn’t Best Option For Students

February 3, 2013

Two good friends came back to live in Chautauqua County for one primary reason — they wanted a better education for their children. One was living in Louisiana, the other in Florida....

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Feb-28-13 6:55 PM

Big schools what in the name of God do you consider Big? More than 500 students. PLEASEEEEE! A school district of 5000 is a medium sized district in the real world outside of Chautauqua County, in other words the rest of the state. With about 19,000 students in this county WE cannot justify 18 school district. Maybe 6 schools distrits but certainly not 18. Nothing will ever happen to SIGNIFICANTLY reduce the number of school districts. Unless we keep on the present path, then there will be no other choice, no other choice, I repeat. Mostly we as a community are responsible for the present fiscal situation we allowed Albany to do what it did two years ago and we refused to merge. Ya' get what ya' earn in this life. We are out of money and can't afford 18 schoold istricts. AND uhh Principals NOW spend at least 4-6 hours completing evaluation paperwork on teachers, its 2013 folks not 1913. Many many hours are now spent per teacher to evaluate them. Your heads are still in the sand.

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Feb-14-13 7:52 AM

The scary thing is dropping enrollment means shrinking population with ever increasing property taxes in the most unionized state in he nation. Only going to get worse until the last men standing are the ones with the public union jobs...and nobody left to pay the taxes.

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Feb-09-13 1:17 PM

Seadog the pay that vice principles would be paid would be closer to 75% of a superintendent. Also these vice principles would also have secretaries and travel and and training funds allocated to them. The education system is all about employment. The savings we think we would see usually vaporize when it is all said and done. Did Chautauqua Lake see a reduction in taxes or spending? I don't know but I would guess they did not.

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Feb-06-13 6:58 AM

For what purpose are school administrators serving the children? One administrator and a useful staff could clearly provide this desperate function at less than a million dollars per year; hence a savings of $1.3 million per year, truly not chump change, even Barry and Andrew could be happy with that for walking around money!

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Feb-06-13 6:15 AM

There are good big schools and bad big schools just as there are good small schools and bad ones. If everyone from the same school must take remedial classes in college something is drastically wrong. Which school?

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Feb-04-13 6:44 PM

Part of the reason why many school districts do not want to merge is the hometown feel and loyalty. Merging with another town of "strangers" with there own traditions and loyalties is unsettling. I am not opposed to mergers but don't expect it to save as much money as you think. The superintendents that you think would lose their jobs and move on will become Vice-principles in these larger districts. I can see other big issues with people having to travel many miles for events and parent conferences, etc not to mention the busing of kids greater distances. A lot of messiness to work out.

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Feb-03-13 6:05 PM

My daughter graduated high school 20 years ago. She, as did all other students from her school, needed to take remedial english courses after enrolling at JCC. Even our local community college is aware that local school districts are not properly preparing the students.

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Feb-03-13 9:45 AM

Our school structure in Chautauqua is archaic, with archaic, small minded supporters. I have spoken to superintendent of CCLS, who said they have graduates informing them that the extra classes they were able to offer because of the combining of the schools gave them a better start than their friends from smaller schools.

American education is at an all time low, and the entire country will suffer. That's why it's so sad to see such small minded comments posted to articles such as this. It doesn't matter who wrote this article. It is an important issue, and we need to get beyond our small town minds and do what's best for our children, and ultimately our county & country

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Feb-03-13 8:05 AM

The County Executive makes $85K, where all the school administrators make $2.3 million. That's because the school administrators oversee thousands of children. The county executive only oversees 25 children, 26 if you count the sheriff.

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Feb-03-13 6:02 AM

Who is Hall Elliot really? Stan Lundine?

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