Tonawanda Schools: Highland school to...

Tonawanda Schools: Highland school to close

There are 1 comment on the Tonawanda News story from Mar 4, 2009, titled Tonawanda Schools: Highland school to close. In it, Tonawanda News reports that:

Citing declining enrollment and rising operational costs, the City of Tonawanda school board voted unanimously Tuesday to close Highland Elementary School at the end of the school year.

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Concerned Parent

Cleveland, OH

#1 Mar 4, 2009
I am appalled that the Board voted to pass these drastic changes to our school district before holding an open forum to discuss it with the community that would be impacted. Do any of the board members have children in the elementary schools? I understand that there has to be some changes made due to the low enrollment rate, but is this the way to go? Is this going to bring new families with small children into our community? As a parent had I known that this would be happening in this district I would not have bought a house in this city knowing the impact changing schools every 2 years would have on my kids. If anything these changes are going to result in enrollment lowering with people seeking other means to educate their children – moving to another district, private schools, home schooling. Before voting to pass these changes were any Child Development Specialist consulted to see what impact this would have on the kids? Kids need familiarity and stability during these formative years. They need the dynamic of the neighborhood elementary school. How will the bus routes not have to be expanded? Isn’t every student that currently attends Mullen going to have to be bused to Riverview and Fletcher? Are the schools going to have starting times far enough apart to allow parents who have children attending all 3 schools time to get each one there before class starts? How is this going to affect the PTA’s at the schools? Research has shown that academic achievement is higher in schools with active PTA’s than in schools without these associations. How active and involved can a PTA be when its membership is changing every 2 years?

I feel that the Board needs to go back to the table and rethink what changes need to be done in our District. Changes need to be made that will not jeopardize our kids education and welfare.

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