Brookfield: Will bell toll for Hillside or Tonawanda?
So let's get to the question on many minds: If closing a school is necessary to reduce Elmbrook's expenses, which school will it be? Well, although the topic is up for discussion, the district hasn't even decided whether it actually will close a school, let alone which one it would be, School Board President Tom Gehl said.
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#1 Sep 2, 2010
Close Tonawanda--It was a POD school that failed to educate-just created an unreal class room environment for those that attented - it had no $$$ for science books but free flutes - Close that school yeaterday.
#2 Sep 21, 2010
Both Tonawanda and Hillside elementary schools should be closed -- so that the district remains balanced. The student populations of each would then be merged into the remaining two elementary schools on each side of the district.
That solution provides the least disruption and closes the district's two smallest schools, while leaving two elementary schools on each side of the district. One pair would feed Pilgrim Park Middle School; the other pair would feed Wisconsin Hills Middle Schools. Completing the attendance areas, Pilgrim Park would continue to feed Brookfield East High School and Wisconsin Hills would continue to feed Brookfield Central High School.
Closing just one elementary school fouls everything up and creates unecessary resentment and conflict. If the district does create, as it is considering, a specialty "Charter School," it could be housed in the better of the two school buildings -- Hillside.
We need to make up $16-million dollars in five years, unless taxpayers want to face significant tax increases. That means closing two schools, not one; it means slightly larger class sizes (that's NOT a crisis parents!!); both the administration and faculty paying their fair share of health care and other benefits; and pay and benefit contracts that for the next five to six years average increases like those in the private sector have had to accept-- that is, 1-2% increases for both salary and benefits.
#3 Nov 15, 2010
District needs an overhaul. Out with the old, in with the new. New administration, new board. More debt, big deficit, more crime, lower scores.
Do something or move.
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