Letters to the Editor

Busing expense

January 24, 2010


To the editor:

Less than five years ago, New York School was upgraded at substantial cost to the taxpayers. This project included renovation of the mechanical and electrical systems, a new gym, kitchen, storage area and rest rooms. This information is available online.

New York is now one of the schools being considered for closure. Not only would that be a waste of taxpayer money spent for improvements to the school, but it would put children on buses, which would lengthen their day. These children are very young and they should not be forced to ride school buses to get to their school.

The school district is concerned over children not getting enough exercise. Leave the neighborhood schools in place and let the children get their exercise walking to school.

Any savings seen in closing a school would probably disappear in additional transportation costs. Busing is expensive.


Richard Heckler 8 years, 1 month ago

Does USD 497 manage spending in a fiscal responsible fashion?

USD 497 pays $1.73 million for new land at more than $22,000 per acre .... not a great price at all. http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2009/dec...

Developers should be required to set aside property for public schools,fire stations and parks. Why? Because they are creating the need and all of these attributes make their projects more valuable.

I am sure taxpayers would have loved the opportunity to vote on a $20 million sports project but were denied out of fear the taxpayers would say NO!

PLAY by way of USD 497 tax dollars http://www2.ljworld.com/polls/2007/may/should_city_spend_20_million_or_more_play_project/

Yet placed more than $16 million worth of building maintenance on the back burner…

*School Maintenance http://www2.ljworld.com/polls/2007/oct/how_should_school_district_pay_20_million_maintena/


Stephen Roberts 8 years, 1 month ago

Clara- if you would like to keep New York open, how much more money are YOU personally willing to pay?? It is easy to say keep a school open when you are not willing to PERSONALLY HELP fund it from your own pocketbook. and you Merrill - same questions.

honestone 8 years, 1 month ago

I am sure any of the people of surrounding schools would be willing to pay to keep their schools open. How about you...commuter? It is alway so easy for those who's school is not threartened to brush off the closing of a neighborhood school. The loss of a neighborhood school further deteriorates the neighborhood and usually means that only the people that have no other choice will locate there. It is called urban flight and it leads to and is the result of the sprawl we see today

Stephen Roberts 8 years, 1 month ago

Honestone- Actually our neighborhood school did close and my kids went to another school. For them it was the best move.

Also, I haven't heard one person say that they would pay more to keep their small school. All I have heard is people saying don't close my school but giving no real ways to save money.

Do I want to close schools no but there comes a time when keeping small schools open hurts the whole district why benefitting only a few.

If small schools were so great and efficient, why don't we have more?? not as cost effective a syou may think.

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