New Elementary Boundary Info Hits WI Homes

Apr 27, 2012 Full story: Patch.com 95

Parents across West Islip on Friday began receiving information about the school district's new elementary boundaries and which school their child will be attending in September.

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new year

Brooklyn, NY

#1 Apr 27, 2012
Seems like they did a good Jon with this.
I like it

West Islip, NY

#2 Apr 27, 2012
new year wrote:
Seems like they did a good Jon with this.
Absolutely. More even and makes more sense but I am sure there will be 100's of posts to how "they" could have done it better
Tyrone

Brentwood, NY

#3 Apr 27, 2012
My kids still are not going to be going to West Islip! What the dilio?
Smart

West Islip, NY

#4 Apr 27, 2012
The new zones seem fair and balanced for all. I'm happy and so are my kids.
But, I'm sure the posts about how "traumatic" this is are not far off. Right Rich????
john r

Newark, NJ

#5 Apr 27, 2012
Feedback has been positive. Closing schools suck but got to make best of it. Now kids going to school closer to their house so that's a real plus.
I like it

West Islip, NY

#6 Apr 27, 2012
I think the haters are in therepy or medicated because they are pretty quiet LOL.

It will all fall into place, the kids will move on but some of these parents are the ones that are traumatized.
Anonymous

West Islip, NY

#7 Apr 28, 2012
Smart wrote:
The new zones seem fair and balanced for all. I'm happy and so are my kids.
But, I'm sure the posts about how "traumatic" this is are not far off. Right Rich????
Right Smart. The redistricting was done as fair as possible. I give them great credit for that. Children will be going to the school closest to their home, again a plus.
My only problem with the BOE decision is the closings were not necessary and I believe that all the schools will be overcrowded very shortly. We have lost our excellent teacher to student ratio. Many children were absolutely in tears over loosing their friends. Many will look back at this as one of their most difficult years if adjustment in school. And lastly with the State increasing funding twice, the repeal of the MTA payroll tax for schools, the BOE exempting the HS and MS from almost all of the cuts, we could have saved both schools and prevented this mistake. If the Realtor are wrong and the enroll does not increase its a tight squeeze. If the Realtors are correct and we are going to see an increase in enrollment, closing these 2 schools will be a total nightmare for the district. Just my opinion. See you May 15.
Say it again Sam

Bay Shore, NY

#8 Apr 28, 2012
Smart wrote:
The new zones seem fair and balanced for all. I'm happy and so are my kids.
But, I'm sure the posts about how "traumatic" this is are not far off. Right Rich????
Fair and balanced for all would have been to keep everyone between Sunrise and the railroad tracks together in Oquenock. Since they don't all fit (surprise, surprise)Westbrook is being split three ways, with one section changing not only elementary school but middle school as well.

Fair and balanced on the south side, not on the north side.
TNT

West Islip, NY

#9 Apr 28, 2012
I like it wrote:
I think the haters are in therepy or medicated because they are pretty quiet LOL.
It will all fall into place, the kids will move on but some of these parents are the ones that are traumatized.
I am willing to bet that you are one of those parents who stand around at the after school sports activities, haunting just outside the gate, or maybe even cocky enough to stand right out in the open, as the practice is going on, to make sure that your little prodigy is being played enough or treated fairly because it's that selfish attitude I detect, which smells awfully familiar, as though there are no issues that are so important that they can't be worked out, until, and that's a big until, it's your little prodigy that's being effected.
I like it

West Islip, NY

#10 Apr 28, 2012
TNT wrote:
<quoted text>
I am willing to bet that you are one of those parents who stand around at the after school sports activities, haunting just outside the gate, or maybe even cocky enough to stand right out in the open, as the practice is going on, to make sure that your little prodigy is being played enough or treated fairly because it's that selfish attitude I detect, which smells awfully familiar, as though there are no issues that are so important that they can't be worked out, until, and that's a big until, it's your little prodigy that's being effected.
You couldnt be more wrong if you tried but I bet you are the parent who parks their car and takes little Johnny & Susie by the hand and walks them the 10ft to the door of the school annoying and blocking the other parents who are also dropping their kids off. I dont have to bet I know!

I got news for you, my kids are very well adjusted,
TNT

West Islip, NY

#11 Apr 28, 2012
I like it wrote:
<quoted text>
You couldnt be more wrong if you tried but I bet you are the parent who parks their car and takes little Johnny & Susie by the hand and walks them the 10ft to the door of the school annoying and blocking the other parents who are also dropping their kids off. I dont have to bet I know!
I got news for you, my kids are very well adjusted,
I don't have a car.
real story

West Islip, NY

#12 Apr 28, 2012
john r wrote:
Feedback has been positive. Closing schools suck but got to make best of it. Now kids going to school closer to their house so that's a real plus.
The feedback has been positive? And you get that information frommmmmm???????? I don't have es kids-thank god, but the buzz I've heard is anything but positive!!
WI resident

West Islip, NY

#13 Apr 29, 2012
real story wrote:
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The feedback has been positive? And you get that information frommmmmm???????? I don't have es kids-thank god, but the buzz I've heard is anything but positive!!
That feedback comes from anyone who doesnt live on Topix! West Islip is MUCH bigger than the handful of complainers who post on this site 24/7!
Cathy

West Islip, NY

#14 Apr 29, 2012
I have also heard that the feedback has been positive. Looking forward to a great year !!
real story

West Islip, NY

#15 Apr 29, 2012
WI resident wrote:
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That feedback comes from anyone who doesnt live on Topix! West Islip is MUCH bigger than the handful of complainers who post on this site 24/7!
YOU being one of the top complainers by the way.
The feedback sucks because the process sucked. Posting on Topix or Patch that everyone in WI is happy with the redistricting isn't fooling anyone. No one's happy with what has gone on in WI this year and you can't brainwash them to believe that everything's wonderful when it's not. WIers ar more intelligent than you give them credit for being.
Disney Princess 4eva

West Islip, NY

#16 Apr 29, 2012
WI resident wrote:
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That feedback comes from anyone who doesnt live on Topix! West Islip is MUCH bigger than the handful of complainers who post on this site 24/7!
Speaking of WI being bigger. Anyone at the fundraiser this weekend?
There was way more than a handful of people there for sure.
Positive Feedback

West Islip, NY

#17 Apr 29, 2012
I was with a group of about 13 parents yesterday (none of them even knew about Topix BTW). It was a mixture of Bayview, Oq & WB. All were happy and thought it was the right decision that needed to be done and some even thought it should have been done long ago. One said her daughter was very upset at first but as she explained to her who she would know she calmed down.

So in my experience yes it has been positve feedback.
Anonymous

West Islip, NY

#18 Apr 29, 2012
Positive Feedback wrote:
I was with a group of about 13 parents yesterday (none of them even knew about Topix BTW). It was a mixture of Bayview, Oq & WB. All were happy and thought it was the right decision that needed to be done and some even thought it should have been done long ago. One said her daughter was very upset at first but as she explained to her who she would know she calmed down.
So in my experience yes it has been positve feedback.
The true test of whether the West Islip community feels that the right decisions were made for ALL our children even the ES children will come May 15. See you all then.
fyi

Bronx, NY

#19 Apr 29, 2012
WI resident wrote:
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That feedback comes from anyone who doesnt live on Topix! West Islip is MUCH bigger than the handful of complainers who post on this site 24/7!
And yet here you are posting on the site.
fyi

Bronx, NY

#20 Apr 29, 2012
Yes the district looks more balanced on the nice colorful map unless of course your 1 of the families in the area of green west of Higbie and just north of Sunrise.
Then of course you used to go to Westbrook, have neigbors going to Oquenock and live across Sunrise from those going to Manetuck, but you have to travel across town past Oquenock families who live closer to Bellew so that your son or daughter who is closer to OQ. or Man. can go to Bellew.

I feel badly for that area of town. It was not a fair relocate for that group of Westbrook families
at all!

The other thing about the pretty little map is it doesn't show the realities of have 597 students in and ES building @ 95% capacity with more children than either ES. Not to belittle our other 3 schools which are not that far behind.

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