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angel

Johnson City, NY

#1 Dec 19, 2008
I am extremely disappointed that Jamestown did not close school today. I think we are the only district open in a three county radius. I am concerned about the superintendents judgement as well as the safety of students. If it was only a handful of schools closed, I would understand, but the fact that every school is closed, including Holy Family and even Hewes Center and also the meterologist on the Buffalo news has been urging schools to close, shows that his judgement should be called into question. Apparently they are getting many phone calls this morning or don't want to be bothered by what we parents think because no one is answering the phone in the superintendent's office.
Angel

Manchester, KY

#2 Dec 19, 2008
angel wrote:
I am extremely disappointed that Jamestown did not close school today. I think we are the only district open in a three county radius. I am concerned about the superintendents judgement as well as the safety of students. If it was only a handful of schools closed, I would understand, but the fact that every school is closed, including Holy Family and even Hewes Center and also the meterologist on the Buffalo news has been urging schools to close, shows that his judgement should be called into question. Apparently they are getting many phone calls this morning or don't want to be bothered by what we parents think because no one is answering the phone in the superintendent's office.
close schools,for what reason?the weather isnt that bad.
Bob

Horseheads, NY

#3 Dec 19, 2008
We got used to the Fashano Mandate....who would close school at the drop of a hat. Our winters don't compare to the late 70's and early 80's when I was in school. We rarely closed in Falconer, and most the time Jamestown still had school. How many times did Fashano close while every neighboring district had school. By the way, Holy Family has a large population of students coming in from all over the county and even PA. So I can see them closing. Do you angel, drive your kids to school or do they ride a bus? Because I bundled up, went out, started the vehicle, brushed it off, and took my kid to school. Why? Because it wasn't cancelled.
unknown222

Bath, NY

#4 Dec 19, 2008
i think that the superintendent has no kids probly so therefor why would they care....yea jamestown is the one and only that didnt close......

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#5 Dec 19, 2008
This is nothing..I went to shcool in the 40's and walked a mile each way. Mostly uphill.

I had them buckle artics (the ghey kids had the zip ones) and wool pants that iched like holy hell.

The sidewalks was cleared because Milo Mansfield and his horses cleaned um..No biching - no whining..he just goterdone.

I don't remember them ever closing shcool either.

When we got there and left a mess in the clock room, we got our ass-paddled.
Then got home after and my old man gave me another ass-paddleing for "acting up" and bringing shame to us.
He never woried over the infractions..If they wacked ass...Then he wacked ass.
Upset

United States

#6 Dec 19, 2008
The Jamestown students walk to school. SHAME on Mr.Kathman for not cancelling school! He should be held accountable if any students were hurt walking in this mess! Many parents were upset about this and he was a coward..not taking phone calls. What a smug arrogant man! The only point that he proved here is that he doesn't care about the safety and welfare of the students, parents or teachers. Jamestown is a WALKING DISTRICT and MANY teachers travel from all over the county, other counties, AND PA. SHAME on you Mr. Kathman!
Bob

Horseheads, NY

#7 Dec 21, 2008
Please as it turned out we never got the storm they were calling for. The other districts reacted to the weather reports and closed. How soft are we making our kids. Toughen them up and send them to school. Our kids get wimpier every year.
Meh

Endicott, NY

#8 Dec 21, 2008
The sidewalks were all ice covered. Very slippery conditions. My kids are picked up and taken to school by my wife and myself. However they probably should have been closed because of the conditions of the sidewalks. Of course Fashano used closed them coincidently when it would result in a 4 day weekend. lol I'm glad he is gone.
mama

Lewisburg, PA

#9 Dec 21, 2008
School should have been closed. One teacher, who was pregant, fell on the icy sidewalks. It could have cost her her babies. She ended up over at the hospital. Money isn't worth lives
Bob

Horseheads, NY

#10 Dec 21, 2008
Start calling tonight because we might get some snow. Or maybe too cold. The school should have properly iced the walkways and parking lots. I feel so sorry for that teacher, but there was no need for closing the schools. I hope next time she calls in sick. It won't affect her paycheck. If we cancel school everytime most people think we should............they will be making it up in July and August.
Curious

Bolivar, NY

#11 Dec 22, 2008
What I'm wondering is why everytime I check this website out....about once every three months....this guy is still on here making daily comments! You must really be bored! LOL! Anyway, no doubt that they used to be tougher on the kids "back in the day". Arguably, which was the "better" way? Um, both/neither? Either way produced good and bad children....
Phester O Boyle wrote:
This is nothing..I went to shcool in the 40's and walked a mile each way. Mostly uphill.
I had them buckle artics (the ghey kids had the zip ones) and wool pants that iched like holy hell.
The sidewalks was cleared because Milo Mansfield and his horses cleaned um..No biching - no whining..he just goterdone.
I don't remember them ever closing shcool either.
When we got there and left a mess in the clock room, we got our ass-paddled.
Then got home after and my old man gave me another ass-paddleing for "acting up" and bringing shame to us.
He never woried over the infractions..If they wacked ass...Then he wacked ass.
WHAT

United States

#12 Dec 22, 2008
you can't call in sick for a snow day. It won't effect her paycheck??? What?!?! It will take away from her sick days and she will need those for her maternity leave!! Yes, it will effect her pay! Also, of she called in sick and wasn't really sick, they could dock her pay for the day.
Bob

Horseheads, NY

#13 Dec 22, 2008
WHAT wrote:
you can't call in sick for a snow day. It won't effect her paycheck??? What?!?! It will take away from her sick days and she will need those for her maternity leave!! Yes, it will effect her pay! Also, of she called in sick and wasn't really sick, they could dock her pay for the day.
Yea, that really happens. Teachers..........really.....o ne of the strongest unions in the nation. Please, she wouldn't lose a day of maternity leave nor would she be punished. But, the schools can't make every decision based on what if this one person...... Cancelling school is nothing more than a day less they have to work. All I was saying is our kids are being pampered and babied.....bundle them up and get them to school.
Meh

Endicott, NY

#14 Dec 22, 2008
I suppose if everyone took care of their sidewalks and kids weren't forced to walk in the streets then it would be a different story.
WHAT

United States

#15 Dec 22, 2008
Bob wrote:
<quoted text>Yea, that really happens. Teachers..........really.....o ne of the strongest unions in the nation. Please, she wouldn't lose a day of maternity leave nor would she be punished. But, the schools can't make every decision based on what if this one person...... Cancelling school is nothing more than a day less they have to work. All I was saying is our kids are being pampered and babied.....bundle them up and get them to school.
AS a Jamestown teacher, and according to our contract, I KNOW that she would be docked for calling in sick and not being sick if she were caught. You don't know what you are talking about. You also need your sick days for maternity leave. She will have to use tehm all for her leave, so I am pretty sure she isn't
going to use them if she is not sick.
Bob

Horseheads, NY

#16 Dec 22, 2008
Meh wrote:
I suppose if everyone took care of their sidewalks and kids weren't forced to walk in the streets then it would be a different story.
Seeing that so many houses and apartments and such are occupied by either shut-ins(who I understand can't shovel)or welfare(who are busy sleeping in)that's why most sidewalks are not cleared. The city needs to mandate that sidewalks are cleared or people will be cited. Or better yet take the epuipment they use to clear around city hall and the business district and plow the sidewalks of at least the busy streets around the schools. Let the businesses pay to clear in front of there offices and stores....or do it themselves. Let's see the Mayor out in front of city hall with a shovel in his hand. That would be priceless. Set an example, Mr Mayor, and shovel in front of city hall. He probably parks below too. No dusting off for him. He doesn't have to worry about $.50/hr. parking. I agree with Leg. Ahlstrom from Dunkirk, one government in the county get rid of the overpriced beef at the city level. Teresi, Centi, and all the rest of the jokers who call themselves public servants. They're basically just thieves, stealing our money and lining their pockets.
Stan

Columbia, KY

#17 Dec 22, 2008
Bob wrote:
<quoted text>Seeing that so many houses and apartments and such are occupied by either shut-ins(who I understand can't shovel)or welfare(who are busy sleeping in)that's why most sidewalks are not cleared. The city needs to mandate that sidewalks are cleared or people will be cited. Or better yet take the epuipment they use to clear around city hall and the business district and plow the sidewalks of at least the busy streets around the schools. Let the businesses pay to clear in front of there offices and stores....or do it themselves. Let's see the Mayor out in front of city hall with a shovel in his hand. That would be priceless. Set an example, Mr Mayor, and shovel in front of city hall. He probably parks below too. No dusting off for him. He doesn't have to worry about $.50/hr. parking. I agree with Leg. Ahlstrom from Dunkirk, one government in the county get rid of the overpriced beef at the city level. Teresi, Centi, and all the rest of the jokers who call themselves public servants. They're basically just thieves, stealing our money and lining their pockets.
i dont know if Teresi knows how to use a shovel.Holding one and useing one is two different things.
Bob

Horseheads, NY

#18 Dec 22, 2008
Stan wrote:
<quoted text>i dont know if Teresi knows how to use a shovel.Holding one and useing one is two different things.
Teresi shovels alot..........it's just not pushing snow.
worried parent

Jamestown, NY

#19 Dec 23, 2008
I have 2 children that go to Persell school I would like to see Deke aka Mr Kathman come to my house and walk to Persell, I live on the west side of Jamestown and yes my kids have to walk to school why because Jamestown is a "walking district" Granted I take my children to school everyday, but just once I would love for any of the school board members to walk from my house to Persell in the cold winter.
Goofy

United States

#20 Dec 24, 2008
I agree. People seem to forget that Jamestown is a walking district. The winds and icy sidewalks make days like Friday dangerous for the students. Some are driven to school by parents, but MANY are NOT. Such a shame that Mr. Deke Kathman has to try to prove a point, that he is against school days, at the expense of the Jamestown students' safety. He really should be ashamed of himself. I hope enough parents speak up and let Mr. Kathman and the school board know how they feel.

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