Ligonier Valley School District proposes closing Laurel Valley

May 27, 2009 Full story: PittsburghLIVE.com 245

A.J. Panian can be reached via e-mail . Each school day, 12-year-old Braxtyn Clark boards the bus near his Seward home for Laurel Valley Elementary School in St.

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Vanessa

Canonsburg, PA

#1 May 31, 2009
We are fighting to stop this merge. I will do anything to stop it. Some people do not realize the consicences of this merge.
really

Ellicott City, MD

#2 Jun 1, 2009
Which consequences af the merge do you fear the most?
really

Ellicott City, MD

#3 Jun 2, 2009
Did you mean consequences? If so, which ones do you fear?

Since: Jun 09

Rochester, PA

#4 Jun 4, 2009
Why is a Ohio company deciding what happens to our school. It seems every five to ten years they try to close Laurel Valley after they do improvements,But this time takes the cake. If it's really true about the board having secret board meetings and not giving the people a voice they should put it up for vote. Either way the board should resign.
Common sense

Warren, OH

#5 Jun 8, 2009
Does anyone realize that the Ligonier school district spends over $10,000 per student each year, while the average in Westmoreland County is around $7,000 per year???
Why do the taxpayers have to pay to keep Laurel Valley open when it's so small and yet so wasteful. Do any of you morons understand that by draining the system of financial resources the entire school district is being harmed?? Does that even matter to you??
upset parent

Stoystown, PA

#6 Jul 5, 2009
what are we going to do with the kids that get car sick on the long bus rides? Drug them before and after school for the long bus ride? What about the kids that have a hard time getting used to a new surroundings? Seward wa my home town when I grew up, I loved my school, My friends, everything was great. I moved back to this town so my Family could have the same thing. And they want to take that away from us. Our kids are our concern now. We need to vote! And keep our kids in mind.
scott

Greensburg, PA

#7 Jul 15, 2009
It looks more political and steeped in "big monies" agenda rather than the welfare of the children. I have 4 boys in Laurel valley
Tom

Greensburg, PA

#8 Jul 15, 2009
Take a look at the board members who are forcing this consolidation - two of which have been turned down for employment in the LVDS, and one who has lived off taxpayers for years! Is this retalitation!!!
parent

Greensburg, PA

#9 Jul 21, 2009
I think consolidation is a bad idea. And I really don't think it will ever happen. This is what the 1000th time it has been brought up??? Never will happen. And I am not for it at all. My son already rides the bus for 30 minutes in the morning and afternoon. Do they want the kids to have an hour long ride instead?
CQuinn

Mary Esther, FL

#10 Aug 3, 2009
Morons...
that is a really nice professional way to have a converstaion??
Well, California...if you were ever in the valley, you would realize that there is SNOW...and endless amounts of land between these two schools.
Would you want your child riding for an hour and a half one way to school?
My senior year we had one girl hit by a coal truck and her body was drug through town. The driver never knew he hit her. So yes us Morons...would like to keep our kids alive. Thank you.
Common sense wrote:
Does anyone realize that the Ligonier school district spends over $10,000 per student each year, while the average in Westmoreland County is around $7,000 per year???
Why do the taxpayers have to pay to keep Laurel Valley open when it's so small and yet so wasteful. Do any of you morons understand that by draining the system of financial resources the entire school district is being harmed?? Does that even matter to you??
reallie

Ellicott City, MD

#11 Aug 11, 2009
If you chose to have children and make them live in a rural setting far from civilization (schools, banks, churches, good roads, etc.), then the price you pay for your "space" is going to be a long bus ride to school for your children. One alternative is to drive them yourself. And don't tell me you cannot rearrange your work schedule. If your child's safety is important, you will make it work.
parent

Greensburg, PA

#12 Aug 11, 2009
I am sorry "reallie" but you do not live around here, so you have no idea what is going on. Yes in a perfect world parents could rearrange work schedules, but not in todays world. There are two schools, and it is just fine the way it is. Leave it alone! And I disagree that Ligonier is a rural setting far from civilization.
upset parent

Johnstown, PA

#13 Aug 11, 2009
Reallie, I live right next to all those wonderful things. I think there could be a few more options out there before closing Laurel Valley Is considered. Our children are going to be frustrated and very tired before and after school, and we all know how a typical tired child behaves, AND it will affect their schol work. Maybe you should come to our next school board meeting. August 17th!!!
waterford

Pittsburgh, PA

#14 Aug 11, 2009
very nice "upset parent" well done!
reallie

Ellicott City, MD

#15 Aug 12, 2009
Maybe I don't really live in Baltimore.
reallie

Ellicott City, MD

#16 Aug 12, 2009
Parent - did I say Ligonier was a rural setting? I'm talking about Ligonier and Fairfield townships. No one is making you live miles away. No one. It's a free country. Move closer to the school you love. Send your children to United. Move to Philadelphia where it's safe.
reaally

Ellicott City, MD

#17 Aug 12, 2009
Not philly - that's for cheesesteak eaters.
commonsense

Latrobe, PA

#18 Aug 21, 2009
The parents of Laurel Valley have resisted consolidation for years citing the bus ride and the idea it is being proposed by a political agenda or "big monies" from the Ligonier end but never address the last 10 years of declining attendance.Declining birth rate, & declining population indicate a continued decrease in the future. At what point does it become inevitable, a graduating class of 30,20,??? Also look at the scores of Laurel Valley students compared to Ligonier, Derry & Latrobe on Great Schools.Com .
All of these are facts available from the census reports and sites that post the results of student performance. 5-10 minutes more on a bus for a better education is a small price. Consolidation offers more for both ends with less duplication of classes and more opportunities for all students. A consolidated gtaduating class of 150-160 is still a small class!
Joe

Johnstown, PA

#19 Sep 14, 2009
upset parent wrote:
what are we going to do with the kids that get car sick on the long bus rides? Drug them before and after school for the long bus ride? What about the kids that have a hard time getting used to a new surroundings? Seward wa my home town when I grew up, I loved my school, My friends, everything was great. I moved back to this town so my Family could have the same thing. And they want to take that away from us. Our kids are our concern now. We need to vote! And keep our kids in mind.
No LVMHS is the best school ever.
fan121

Bellevue, MI

#20 Oct 21, 2009
endless amounts of land is that what 9 miles are? and it takes about 10=15 minutes to get to ligonier not an hour and a half
CQuinn wrote:
Morons...
that is a really nice professional way to have a converstaion??
Well, California...if you were ever in the valley, you would realize that there is SNOW...and endless amounts of land between these two schools.
Would you want your child riding for an hour and a half one way to school?
My senior year we had one girl hit by a coal truck and her body was drug through town. The driver never knew he hit her. So yes us Morons...would like to keep our kids alive. Thank you.
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