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School board has limited options

January 16, 2013

JERSEY SHORE — Other than moving forward with a plan proposed Monday night to save its educational programs from the chopping block, the Jersey Shore Area School Board said it has no other options....

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andy33

Jan-16-13 3:20 AM

IMHO..this move by the JSSD is the most responsible for all concerned..students and taxpayers alike. Times will only continue to be even more challenging in the future and this district is ahead of the curve. Hopefully, the board will see the wisdom in consolidating an do the RIGHT thing...Good luck...Peace...

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Woolrich

Jan-16-13 8:51 AM

Is the maturity level of an eighth-grade student ready to be thrown into the mix of high school students?

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LaughIn

Jan-16-13 9:26 AM

Woolrich, my parents were educated in a one room schoolhouse. They had one teacher, a pot-belly stove, recess, chores, chalk boards, walked to school, etc. Someone please explain why todays society thinks they are so entitled? I know 5th graders who are probably more mature than their parents Woolrich, never under estimate today's kids.

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kellys

Jan-16-13 10:11 AM

At the meeting they explained that 8th grade will not be mixed in with the older grades. My question is what is going to happen with the schools that close?

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NufSaid6

Jan-16-13 10:31 AM

This consolidation very well may be the best option for the community and it's students. HOWEVER, it is the responsibility of the school board to actively inform the public and answer their questions & ease their concerns. To date, they have not. During Monday night's school board meeting, the board did not answer ANY questions and offered no time/place/manner in which they would. The members of the school board are unknowledgable. We have heard time and time again that certain members of the school board do not want to "micromanage" this consolidation project. THAT IS THEIR JOB!!! The unheaval of the entire school district needs to have every angle considered. The board was only just presented the consolidation proposal (in it's entirety) Monday night and they are expected to vote on it in two weeks? Even a member of the board said she needed time to digest all the information. Two weeks is not enough time. We the taxpayers fully expect them to become experts on every a

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NufSaid6

Jan-16-13 10:39 AM

Joseph Stender seems to be very biased in his writing and more often than not we see members of the board chatting him up after the meetings. At no time does he consider the parents' AND taxpayers' point of view. How about ALL of the questions that have gone unanswered for months? The parents and taxpayers have a right to be informed and it is unfortunate that the Sun-Gazette does not consider this their responsibility to the public to explore what's happening there. Our questions range from tax increases to overall cost, transportation issues, asbestos removal (while children are in the building?!), unmonitored mingling of younger children with teenagers, and the list goes on and on. When will our concerns be addressed?

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LaughIn

Jan-16-13 11:25 AM

Nufsaid, my understanding is that every student is entitled to the best possible education and I have read and listened to a lot of negative, misinformed people spread to much propaganda about areas in life they have little experience or knowledge with. You seem very negative and I think that if you are so adamant about whose job is what, maybe you could use the store to get some more signatures for this cause. Let the public know when you announce your name to run, I would be interested to hear your pitch. I would like to thank all of our volunteers

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andy33

Jan-16-13 11:48 AM

NufSaid000: You have absolutely NO understanding of the job of any school board. The administration creates policy and the board either approves or disapproves...Beginning and end of that story. You and your ilk are the 'gang' that is always trying to undermine anything good this district tries to accomplish. It usually emanates from the valley...but recently has become an influence with the frightened parents of Salladsburg.

I know you are lying when you write board members don't communicate with those they represent. They can only relay what they know...I know who you are TROUBLE MAKER...and you hand out flyers to frighten even more people...and even use your professional position to validate every rotten thing you do!

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andy33

Jan-16-13 11:56 AM

Oh and another fact NUFFFF....the publics input is funneled through your representative....you have no need to review anything NUFFF...unless you have no faith in your representative. Create all the fuss you want and call channel 16 TV...you still need to use your rep.

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ozz1996

Jan-16-13 12:03 PM

Everyone has limited options it seems these days, but are we limited to just one?

There was a nice article a while back about the mess that is the JSSD transportaion dept. I wonder if they have all the logistics figured out or if kids will be sitting on a bus for 2 hours one way.

I'm not very high on the idea of shutting down all these schools, then having them sit empty, still needing up keep, taxes paid, heat, water, etc. Where I work our company spent over 500K on a vacant warehouse last year in those costs.

Things & opinions may be different if the school district had all their ducks in a row before making this call. I'm sure the pond is filled with wandering ducks, some with their heads below the water...

We are strongly considering home schooling for our children. Pros & Cons to all and this is no different.

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Luey22

Jan-16-13 2:00 PM

I would think that the parents of the children in the JSASD have many choices as to where and how their children are educated. Parents need to sit down and discuss their options thoroughly, I agree ozz1996. When I was actively taking part in my childs education the other night, by listening to what seemed to be all the principals, assistant principals, business manager, superintendent, assistant superintendent, every administrator in the district give their reasons for a district wide change...I listened, because they are the educators,not I. I have also taken note to who is continually using the floor to stir-up trouble and I think you are right andy, nuff and company use defense attorney tactics to repeat themselves continually. I never saw them at a board meeting until their school was getting axed. My neighbors and I were discussing how their pot-stirring has led to our childrens school getting it too. Most of the parents at my school are connecting the dots

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Luey22

Jan-16-13 2:10 PM

Even if our district had future plans to close down the other elementary schools, ours wasn't an option for years. When the pot-stirrers were only thinking about themselves and no one else, what other option did that administration really have? I will have to keep reading my hand-out and asking my representative questions. That is my way of getting information, other than the board meetings. I wish the trouble makers would just stay home and stop interrupting every meeting with their nonsense. I need to hear what is going on because it will affect my children too. And if you are reading this, stop passing out propaganda on school property...it is against the law and you know it.

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Luey22

Jan-16-13 2:17 PM

And one last thing, I am going to contact my representative to see if they would even consider reverting back to the other plan. The plan that called for slow integration of this new plan. I can only ask and I am!!!! Then the game will really get interesting, if they will think about it.......

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NufSaid6

Jan-16-13 3:25 PM

WOW! Requesting information is now labeled as "stiring the pot" and we are "trouble makers?!" Really? We have a right to know. And the best place to ask questions to the board is AT school board meetings. This bothers you?!? The school board representatives are not giving the public this information. I do consider this to be part of their responsibilities when they're using OUR tax money and shuffling OUR children around. Like I said...this consolidation may very well be the BEST option for the district. But the manner in which the school board has dispersed information (wait...the lack thereof) is cause for concern and should make them pause before voting. There is absolutely NOTHING wrong with wanting more informatin and if you decide you are too busy or just not concerned or would rather stick your head in the sand well shame on you.

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LaughIn

Jan-16-13 4:45 PM

So the flyers containing propaganda are being used for the purpose of collecting more parents to help fight to keep Nippenose Elementary School open? So the valley parents doing this are well informed and have easily gained numbers from Salladasburg Elementary School parents? Why would the Salladasburg parents give up their school to help fight for Nippenose? Something here doesn't make sense. Can someone tell me if these parents are fighting together to save all the community schools or if a group of people just pulled a fast one on the Salladasburg parents?

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Luey22

Jan-16-13 5:11 PM

Valley girl, I have no problem talking to my board director and they represent me just fine. I was very saddened when the last plan was declined, because it had been in the works for over 4 years. I was hoping for the plan to be brought back up, discussed, voted on and passed, but there was rumor in the air why that did not happen. Well, the rumor was presented at Mondays meeting, now we deal with it! I guess when all the white noise tuned out common sense....the dominoes fell fast. I will trust the educators on this one, thank you very much!!!!

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LaughIn

Jan-16-13 6:27 PM

I am impressed that the SG editors are finally allowing less propaganda in their news coverage and sticking to what the district has to report to those taxpayers who are unable to attend public board meetings. More facts are better than what any 1% of the biased individuals think should yyhappen for every student in the JSASD.

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Luey22

Jan-17-13 3:53 PM

I caution those reading propaganda on the Bethany McClain Save our School website. I have contacted my district school board representative and they were almost 99.9% sure that she has never attended a public board meeting. It is one thing to be informed, but another to spread opinions that are unfounded. They also informed me that one of the board members privacy was violated by this individual, putting the members personal information on that site. People need to make sound decisions whether they are intentional or not. Any movement on that site reflects either positive or negatively on all the parents of the Salladasburg Elementary School.

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LaughIn

Jan-18-13 2:20 PM

WOW! People are putting others in harms way over what? A school closure, are you kidding Me! It sounds as though some people are crossing boundaries, with very bad legal advice I would assume. As of the start of working hours this morning, it would appear as though that board has some unattended business to take care of before implementing what was presented on Monday night. I hope that business is dealt with responsibly.

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andy33

Jan-19-13 7:57 AM

Went to the suggested facebook page...I was astonished at the misinformation. Since I don't know the administrator of this page...I can only guess as to the rational for posting misleading information...even more [astonishment] for the followers that seem all to willing to allow others to lead them around. These leadership skills are usually assigned to the valley girls!

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LaughIn

Jan-19-13 6:03 PM

Would someone inbox me with the name of the person who was violated or could the mediator on the Save Our School Website give their explanation as to why they would post private information without getting consent from the board member first?

As I peruse the Website, I see that a parent questions the legality of posting minor children's photos without parental consent. The moderator replies they have acquired legal advise regarding the matter, would the moderator like to share where that legal advice came from?

As to the distribution of propaganda on school property, could someone tell me what lawyer was caught doing that on school property at Monday nights meeting?

It would appear Andy has some valid points!

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LaughIn

Jan-19-13 6:31 PM

The facebook guidelines suggest breach of privacy without consent is cause for termination.

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andy33

Jan-19-13 7:23 PM

Laugh...the legal advice seems to be coming from the valley...possibly a senior citizens attorney????....also,the propaganda was being handed out by a senior citizens attorney.....

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andy33

Jan-19-13 7:31 PM

After another look at 'Save our School District' facebook page...I noticed a post made by a board member was deleted....Well...now... isn't that special!

I guess full information is just a concept and not a reality...

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andy33

Jan-20-13 7:05 PM

Laugh....Possibly the same person that made a fool out of themselves at the last district meeting.....really.... shouting and crying!!!

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