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coach C

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#1
Feb 5, 2013
 
I open this discussion to reflect what is to come. I now need to decide where to go. I put in a foundation for a home inside ripley school district. If clcs is the answer for Ripley, my hard work will be merely regret.
Sally

Dunkirk, NY

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#2
Feb 6, 2013
 
Ripley just got flushed down the toilet. Without the school the town of ripley will become the next stockton. More people will be moving and the next step will be to ship the k-6 somewhere else. That will happen in the next 2-3 years. With less and less people in ripley the taxes will go up and up for those that remain.
over the hill

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#3
Feb 6, 2013
 
If this has been the plan since 1992, why all the renovations to the building? Because the town offices will move into the what will eventually abandoned school? Was that the scheme all along? I don't see where they are going to keep K-6 in Ripley, that will have to be the next outsource.
I've read so many students posts on facebook that are devastated. More choices doesn't mean they will be accepted. They will learn first hand what Ripley has been doing for years. Making outsiders stay outsiders with no real way to belong. Does this give them any incentive to want to stay living in Ripley and raise their children? Knowing their kids will be sent elsewhere as well?
Just my opinion.
this sucks

Dunkirk, NY

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#4
Feb 6, 2013
 
just bought this house because kids wanted to stay going to this school now they're regretting it and so am i. There was a better way but it was never offered. And the sign on ross st (the day of voting) said it all for all those who voted yes "screw the kids" and thats just what they did.
upset

Jamestown, NY

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#5
Feb 6, 2013
 
we are hurting these kids and the community, ripley is a dump and its only going to get worse with no school, who would want to be here knowing they have to ship their kid all over for school and sports. why dont we spend some more effort on making ripley better, and keeping our school alive and less time on finding someone to push our problems off on.
and for this to pass with just 20 votes, i really hope everyone who was against this got out and voted!
disgusted

North East, PA

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#6
Feb 6, 2013
 
The Ripley school district has been going "down" ever since Bob Bentley and the Rowe's gained control. The community is at fault for it's current problems because they continue to re-elect the same people to the board of education. Bob Bentley has failed in all his personal business ventures yet he controls a school with a nine million dollar budget. Lance Armstrong is more truthful than Bentley and I would rather have Bernie Madoff manage the school's money than the current board of education. Don't worry about ever losing the elementary school, that won't happen because the Rowe children (Brad and Shannon) might lose their jobs.
happyripleyres

Dunkirk, NY

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#7
Feb 6, 2013
 
The kids are the winners in this situation. The school has come to the point it cannot provide one bit more than the state minimum standards. Ripley students deserve better. They deserve the best possible education the community can give them-even if they have to leave the geographic boundaries of the town.
concerned parent

North East, PA

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#8
Feb 6, 2013
 
I disagree! I heard the sadness and protest of the majority of students at RCS. Their anger is genuine and they want to know why no one listened to what the majority of students wanted. I have no answer for my high schooler or the large number of classmates that feel the same way. When asked "Do we have the freedom of speech?" My answer is yes.....
happyripleyres

Dunkirk, NY

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#9
Feb 6, 2013
 

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Children fear change. It is up to the parents to make the education decisions for them. How many kids want to start school at noon and have a three day week? What they"want" is not the main concern.What they need is most important..
concerned parent

North East, PA

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#10
Feb 6, 2013
 
Again, not so. My high schooler thrives at Ripley - small classes, individual attention. He walks to school and teachers are willing to give him individual attention. That will not happen in a class of 20 - 25. Sometimes want and need can go together...And for many students passing the required Regents courses and exams is providing the needed background for college. By the way, there are some great electives being offered at RCS this year
not a teacher

Fredericksburg, VA

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#11
Feb 6, 2013
 
What about next year
coach C

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#12
Feb 6, 2013
 
Is an extra hour on the bus a day really worth chess club? Get a grip. Reading, writing, and arithmatic has successfully been been taught since school house days.
Sad Senior

Ripley, NY

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#13
Feb 6, 2013
 
As a senior at RCS, i am extremely sad to see this happen. I just want to say that i couldn't be happier with the education i received at RCS. For the most part, the teachers are some of the best in the state. They truly do care and provide all they can for each and every student. Today, i hugged Ms. Stonefoot and said that im sorry, and she replied "that this graduation, it'll be 30 years since her first year". Being with the same school for 30 years shows dedication and true love for the students.
They teach all of the electives the school allows them to.(According to the teachers, the school doesn't allow them to teach electives to make it look like we have nothing)
Students don't need all of these extra electives that CLCS would provide, and most students would rather have a study hall than an elective. Yes, there will be more opportunities pertaining to clubs but few students would be willing to take part in a club if they have to provide their own transportation.
Also, Ripley student's participation in sports will fall greatly. Again, participating in a sport will not be worth it if you have to provide your own transportation and get home at 6 every day. God forbid your practice isn't directly after school, leaving the participants nothing to do but sit around for hours.
All in all, i will be proud to say that i graduated from RCS where the entire school becomes your second family.
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Brighton, MA

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#14
Feb 6, 2013
 
Really more to the world then barely making it in ripley
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Brighton, MA

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#15
Feb 6, 2013
 
Great place to live if you don't have kids
not a preacher

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#16
Feb 6, 2013
 
Arrogance. The main problem with Ripley politics.
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Dunkirk, NY

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#17
Feb 6, 2013
 
Ripley is a waste of land! Everyone is complaining about the school move to clcs but who cares! Clcs is a way better schooling than little ole Ripley! You'll be thanking the people for the move after you see how much smarter your children get! Good riddance to Ripley!
a ripley resident

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#18
Feb 7, 2013
 
If You think Ripley is a waste wait till the school is gone!! And Ripley does need work so why dont we work on it not abandon ship. Look east and west of us, every surrounding town is doing great. There is no reason Ripley couldnt be too. Lets put alittle bit of love into the community we call ours! I feel sad for the students who wont graduate as a Ripley Eagle. The school offers classes we need. The kids get to play sports, they get that feel of school spirit of playing for THEIR school. They get the extra help when needed from teachers. Do you think 20 per class kids from Ripley are going to mean any thing to CL? No, but they mean a whole lot here. Lets all stop complaining about Ripley and step up and do something about it!!
happyripleyres

Dunkirk, NY

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#19
Feb 7, 2013
 
Kids need more than a basic education. Ripley resident are you really ok with students getting absolute bare bones? Don't they deserve the best we can give them? Most will not return to Ripley after college and that is ok. They will go where the jobs are and that will never be Ripley.Sending the kids to Chautauqua is the best of our options to prepare them for higher education.
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Brighton, MA

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#20
Feb 7, 2013
 
Kids are important that's why ripley made the best choice

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