Westminster school faces possible clo...

Westminster school faces possible closure next fall

There are 19 comments on the Brattleboro Reformer story from Sep 25, 2010, titled Westminster school faces possible closure next fall. In it, Brattleboro Reformer reports that:

Declining student numbers and a rising education budget may factor into the final decision in closing the Westminster West School beginning as early as next fall.

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mac gordon

Brattleboro, VT

#1 Sep 25, 2010
It's a shame to see such an exceptional school disappear, but economically the closure would make sense.
flat lander

United States

#2 Sep 25, 2010
How many in the village are homed schooled and drop the enrollment down.
dont close

Walpole, NH

#3 Sep 25, 2010
we should do everything in our power to keeep small schools open. once they close they'll never come back. i don't care how much it costs. think of the kids.
Teachers r workers too

Walpole, NH

#4 Sep 25, 2010
If we close our small schools alot of teachers will be out of jobs. Not to mention the extra gas spent on bussing kids further away.
hard dude

Ludlow, MA

#5 Sep 25, 2010
Have only driven up in your part of the woods to see a fellow named Clark who fools around with old, little, sporty cars and to an old car museum, right by the tracks.

Sorry to read about the possible closing. Some how, we've gotten to a point where it's more important for a few people to make a lot of money than for the raising of our children. Small schools teach more than the 'Three R's'. There's that thing of character, relationships, and a sense of community.

We are moving fast into the future. It's not cost effective to maintain a small, local school anymore. Sure hope that professor Clark finds one of those fancy Deloreans that goes backwards real quick that I could buy.
flat lander

United States

#6 Sep 25, 2010
HARD DUDE that's Westminster proper and Westminster West is 5 miles west of there and is sorta detached from Westminster If you live in West WEST then your consider leaving in Putney. The West west village are a bunch of culture freaks and use any means possible to avoid being Identified as being part of Westminster but are proud to pipe up and associate themselves as Putneyites.Losers in all means of identity but this is what grass will do for you.

Chester, VT

#7 Sep 25, 2010
Doing so could potentially save the town more than $200,000 during a tight budget year.
Westminster West has one full-time teacher.

There is a lot more to the story and no qestions asked about how they arrive at the figure or what is the current school budget along with listing the major exspenses.

Just throw out a emotional story and skip the details.
hard dude

Ludlow, MA

#8 Sep 25, 2010
Joe: I can assure you I am not emotional about your little school. I don't care about it one way or the other. It's an old story that's been repeated so often, all over the country. It's like having two feet of snow on the ground and another six inches is forecast. wow.......

I neglected to mention that I alway found your area, east -- west-- usually went north --- a very pleasant looking place. Sure don't know any details other than a road map. Still, it's too bad so much has to change as we race towards progress and economic growth.

Thanks for straighting me out there joe.
good grief

Middletown Springs, VT

#9 Sep 25, 2010
everyone wants the "little school" to survive..what you dont know is that they tell our kids what to eat and try and tell their parents who to vote for...bunch of freaks...
hard dude

Glendale, MA

#10 Sep 26, 2010
Had no idea Vermont was a big sheep grazing area.

Thought they went in for lamas.
Danny Setanni

Lewiston, ME

#11 Sep 26, 2010
The WNESU waste that much money in Chump change in a month and look at savings there first.

Walpole, NH

#12 Sep 26, 2010
The WNESU could use some competent help in decision making from the elected school boards.

Belmont, VT

#13 Sep 26, 2010
WNESU could start by shoving that no good superintendent to the side - enough said. That should save them some money.

Putney, VT

#14 Sep 28, 2010
As you can imagine, the issue is more complex than reported in a short piece. It is also hard to know where the $200,000 number came from. Salaries undoubtedly make up most of the Westminster West School's budget and those folks are likely to be reassigned. So, there will likely be little true savings. In addition, there is nothing reported about the fixed costs of mothballing a school building that would eat into any alleged savings, as would the potential for additional transportation costs.

If we want to look at the education side of things a moment, having many little kids on a school bus for long rides from home with only the school bus driver on board is fundamentally a bad idea. We would not tolerate students being unsupervised for 30-45 minutes in a school building and certainly not for that long. Why would this be a good idea to do on a school bus? 30 or 40 kids to 1 adult needing to focus elsewhere is a recipe for problems.

There are just too many confounding issues to claim that this is a simple issue, centered on money, with a simple, inevitable solution.
flat lander

United States

#15 Sep 28, 2010
The school I went to is still operating but it has shifted from the school budget to corrections and the made the building energy proof when they added the bars and locks. Good to see the old institution doing well and this years graduates will be going on in picking up litter grant and program with uniforms of t-shirts [orange} and hats with a gps.
West Dad

Springfield, VT

#16 Oct 4, 2010
It's amazing how many people not from Westminster have a say in what happens in our community. Don't know where the $200k number number came from, but the state provides about $11k per student. So even using that "down year" cost of $200k, that really only works out to a $90k discrepancy.$90k in a town that has some of the highest tax rates in the state? Pocket change.
More importantly to these "concerned citizens" I ask why are we sending $600k a year to other communities because Westminster doesn't have 7th or 8th grade?
Rethink the 7th & 8th grade situation and we cover the cost of the West school AND end up with $500k for 7-8 grade education.
West Dad

Springfield, VT

#17 Oct 4, 2010
Just noticed there was an article in the Rutland Herald about this too. Of course, you have to subscribe to read it online...

So far I know of the Brattleboro Reformer & Rutland Herald.

Anyone else see an article in their local paper on this issue?
sorry westdad

Walpole, NH

#18 Oct 4, 2010
If you don't have the students to justfy a building being maintained and open, then you have to close it. This is where your eutopia lead you. Sometimes you run out of other peoples money and the population leaves.
Amy Dexter

Claremont, NH

#19 Oct 4, 2010
Get Back to basics with smaller classroom sizes and all test scores will improve.

Keep the school open.

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