Wyoming school plans include closures

Wyoming school plans include closures

There are 36 comments on the WOOD-TV Grand Rapids and Michigan story from Feb 9, 2009, titled Wyoming school plans include closures. In it, WOOD-TV Grand Rapids and Michigan reports that:

All four of the plans that leaders in Wyoming Public Schools are considering to cut an estimated $2.4 million from next year's budget include closing school buildings, Superintendent Jon Felske told 24 Hour ...

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kentwood

Fort Collins, CO

#1 Feb 9, 2009
pretty bad when u gotta tell your kids they can't go to school cause michigan is broke this state sucks we should all move
TripleH

Brookfield, WI

#2 Feb 9, 2009
Well Felske is getting ready to run Godwin too. So he can have 2 less elementary schools to worry about next year.
violence with violence

Salt Lake City, UT

#3 Feb 9, 2009
Demacrates and republicans can't figure out why the economy is even bad to begin with. They blame banks? Banks who lost billions on defaulted loans because of jobs going overseas and businesses closing because of them jobs leaving. They are calling it bad investments instead of the truth, free trade killed America and the banks. I predict since they can't seem to figure it out, public schools wont exist at all in Kent County in 2012. All state ran "public schools" will switch to a tuition system.
awesome

Grand Rapids, MI

#4 Feb 9, 2009
Huntington Woods School is one of the best elementary schools in Wyoming. I have kids that attend there, and it would truly be a shame if it were to close. This news makes me nervous about keeping my children in the Wyoming School District.
Duane Ching

Wyoming, MI

#5 Feb 9, 2009
Huntington Woods has continually scored well on the state level it would be a shame to consider its loss a necessary budget cut. The Huntington model should be duplicated rather than eliminated. I fear the only one that will benefit from its closure is the Grandville School district. We can consider the direction of our neighboring Grand Rapids School District and how the student exodus has effected them. Perhaps its time for Wyoming, Godwin Heights, and Lee to come to terms with merger that would not only bring in more state money, but also allow the schools to combine services rather than sacrificing its teaching staff. This is an opportune time with all three districts facing budget shortfalls and two of the districts with out a super attendant.
Tom

AOL

#6 Feb 9, 2009
TripleH wrote:
Well Felske is getting ready to run Godwin too. So he can have 2 less elementary schools to worry about next year.
With the salary Felske is getting, I believe 165,000 a year, he should be willing to run Wyoming, Godwin and Kelloggsville and not get a pay increase. But you watch, if he runs Godwin, they'll increase his salary by like 30,000 a year more and expenses paid. When will people wake up and realize the government is using our tax dollars to help fund and overpay certain rich people that fit into their good ole boys network.
Tom

AOL

#7 Feb 9, 2009
awesome wrote:
Huntington Woods School is one of the best elementary schools in Wyoming. I have kids that attend there, and it would truly be a shame if it were to close. This news makes me nervous about keeping my children in the Wyoming School District.
The schools that are staying open are the ones with most of the Latino kids attending. Think of those government dollars coming in to support many kids who's parents are on welfare and other programs already. You'll get an idea why this country is going broke.
TripleH

Brookfield, WI

#8 Feb 9, 2009
This is our school board at work folks. They will go with whatever Felske suggests. After that, it's our opportunity to vote them out in the next school board election. We have people on there that have sat and made little impact and not questioned the authority when needed. I remember 1 board member that spoke up last year on the potential cuts of the school plumber and the merging athletic director for both high schools. With the exception of that gentleman, they need to go. Keep that in mind when they vote yes to cut your kids school.
What a f n joke

Wyoming, MI

#9 Feb 9, 2009
Why was it at the start of the school year, we as a family of huntington woods elemantry, were invited to come up to the school to look at all the improvments that were done to our school over the summer? New carpet throughout the building, new gym floor, new window treatments, new addition to the front office, and fixing up the outside look of the building. We were begged by the principal to get out there and vote for the millages so the school could be a better place for the kids. So everyone goes out and votes, and for what to hear that our school is going to be closed. Felske was at that open house thanking all the people for there support and now he his ready to close the doors. There was a email sent out from the principal of HW saying that it was true they have decided to close HW and Rogers Lane, and at the meeting the board says that there is no decison that has been made, who is telling the truth here?
What about all the money that was spent to send the board members to a confrence in Washingto DC, who paid for this when we, have a 2 millon plus defict?
Lets get some answers here not the same old bulshit.
dan r

United States

#10 Feb 10, 2009
What a f n joke wrote:
Why was it at the start of the school year, we as a family of huntington woods elemantry, were invited to come up to the school to look at all the improvments that were done to our school over the summer? New carpet throughout the building, new gym floor, new window treatments, new addition to the front office, and fixing up the outside look of the building. We were begged by the principal to get out there and vote for the millages so the school could be a better place for the kids. So everyone goes out and votes, and for what to hear that our school is going to be closed. Felske was at that open house thanking all the people for there support and now he his ready to close the doors. There was a email sent out from the principal of HW saying that it was true they have decided to close HW and Rogers Lane, and at the meeting the board says that there is no decison that has been made, who is telling the truth here?
What about all the money that was spent to send the board members to a confrence in Washingto DC, who paid for this when we, have a 2 millon plus defict?
Lets get some answers here not the same old bulshit.
This is apples and oranges.The money for building improvements was passed in a millage years ago.They just last year got around to using it.The fact that they would spend that money last year and not realize they were going to have a general budget shortfall this IS bulls&!t.
Just goes to show how shortsighted the school board and admin staff is.
Rob

Wood Dale, IL

#11 Feb 10, 2009
All you folks who are not happy w\ your school system, pull your kids out.. Send them to another school. Either charter or private. That way you have more say in what takes place. I always kind of thought (for most schools public schools) that you get what you pay for. A free education is not worth much... And please don't give me the "that is what I pay taxes for" speech. What you pay for the edu part of your taxes is a pittance. Not even close to the real cost.
dan r

Comstock Park, MI

#12 Feb 10, 2009
Rob wrote:
All you folks who are not happy w\ your school system, pull your kids out.. Send them to another school. Either charter or private. That way you have more say in what takes place. I always kind of thought (for most schools public schools) that you get what you pay for. A free education is not worth much... And please don't give me the "that is what I pay taxes for" speech. What you pay for the edu part of your taxes is a pittance. Not even close to the real cost.
Unfortunatley most people cannot afford private schooling. I also would not subject my children to the brainwashing techniques employed by the neo-christian schools.

Since: Feb 09

Wyoming, MI

#13 Feb 10, 2009
Huntington Woods is a very good school. My son who was 4 and had his own language went there for preschool. They had him talking normally and up to his age by Christmas! They have very talented and patient therapist there who do a wonderful job! His teacher was also fantastic! She was by far the best teacher I had ever met. It is sad that they are planning on closing these schools, but it just means that these teachers will still be able to teach instead of being fired. I am a little uneasy about all the changes especially about combining the schools. My kids are at West elementary right now and I love that school! I could not imagine combining the kids with some of the other schools. I chose this school for a reason. Not only because there principal Mr. Sturm is a great guy and the teachers are fantastic and there scores are about the best in the district, but because the kids that are there are kind and seem to have really good morals no matter what race. I was very impressed with that whole school. I am also concerned with the class sizes. How will this be effected? Are there going to be 40 kids in each class? Are they going to offer busing to everyone now that we will be switching schools every couple of years? What schools will have what grades? How will this effect preschool? I didn't see anything about that. Are they going to have a building just for preschoolers? I hope they can give more details about this after the vote!
player

United States

#14 Feb 10, 2009
Isn't blowbama going to show up with his pink unicorns? Wait...nope...not enough illegals in this school system. Maybe it is time for the school system to get it's business in order. This is what happens when a school system fails to plan properly.
TAZ

Dallas, TX

#15 Feb 10, 2009
I am very upset that they are "considering" closing this school. The minds of the board are already made, now our talented kids that attend HW will be the ones moving, not right or fair. Why would you close a school that has the performance such as HW? Why would you sacrafice the most talented staff in the district? This is just a bone-head move, I really hope there is some miracle that can happen and keep my daughter's school open! The only statement I agreed with Mr Felske from last nights meeting was the lack of funding the district gets for each child, that falls on the people we elect into office. There is a lot of blame to go around, but when it is time for the next round of elections, I hope the citizens do proper research and elect the right people into office! It is very clear that we have the wrong people running our state.
TripleH

United States

#16 Feb 10, 2009
The millage was passed the year before they started making the improvements. The acted on it quickly and had already had the plan together way in advance. It had failed before, so they did what was needed to get the votes. Huntington is a great school. Great staff and greater principal. Keep in mind it was in the works that student services director wanted an early childhood center. The first ever in the district. That is what they will do with Huntington. It will reopen as that next year. 6 classrooms have been occupied by them for the last 3 years. Thats 6 out of 16. Now do you see why they want to close it?
nowwhat

Troy, MI

#17 Feb 10, 2009
All of you people who were happy to see GM close the 36th St plant, see what the lack of revenue affects??????????
TAZ

Dallas, TX

#18 Feb 10, 2009
nowwhat wrote:
All of you people who were happy to see GM close the 36th St plant, see what the lack of revenue affects??????????
The closing of that plant was very bad to our city, but that has nothing to do with wyoming schools. Public schools get stat funding not local.
taxpayer

Erie, CO

#19 Feb 10, 2009
Tom wrote:
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The schools that are staying open are the ones with most of the Latino kids attending. Think of those government dollars coming in to support many kids who's parents are on welfare and other programs already. You'll get an idea why this country is going broke.
I think many people forget that this contry is made of immigrants that do work, and pay taxes like everyone else, unless you are a native american, meaning a true american, indian american, you came from a Immigrant. and we all pay taxes, some more then others.
MSP

Jenison, MI

#20 Feb 10, 2009
Unfortunatly the closing of the GM Plant (and other companies) has a lot to do with the problem in Wyoming as well as schools all over MI. Schools are funded by the number of students they are able to "count". 26,000 kids left Michigan schools last year to go to other States with mothers and fathers looking for work. At the same time the State is threatening to reduce the amount schools get for each student so there is a "double whammy" hitting schools.

No one WANTS to close schools, I'm sure not even Mr. Felske. The fact is Wyoming, as well as many many other schools in Michigan, face huge shortfalls in their budgets.$2,000,0000 in Wyoming (more in other districts). This is a problem that needs to be addressed in some way. It is easy to say "don't close my school" but what is the answer? The cuts will ultimatly effect someone and no one wants to be the one that is effected? The fact is Prop A does not work and does not addiquatly fund our schools. We will continue to have problems until Lansing addresses that problem.

Just like our families need to make hard choices in order to balance budgets at home, our schools are faced with making difficult choices as well. While I don't like the thought of closing any of Wyomings schools, I give Mr. Felske credit for leading the district through these tough times and making tough decisions.

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