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Jersey Shore board shuts doors at Nippenose Valley Elementary

June 18, 2013

JERSEY SHORE — When schools open across the county in about two months for the start of a new school year there will be one less building as the Jersey Shore Area School Board voted Monday to close......

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LaughIn

Jul-01-13 9:32 AM

Barkingbulldog, they were privileged to have attended Jersey Shore Elementary! Why the distinction between Elementary schools?

MoMRNRmR the Concerned Citizens group is Save Our School District website. The Lock Haven Express had a write up in February about the group to challenge the JS board. The board of concerned citizens are Kelley Wasson, Raye Bierly, Doris Alderman, Adrienne Stahl, Loren Koch, Burt Francis, Bethany McClain, and Merrill Sweitzer. Kelley Wasson, one of the organizers, told the Express, "We want a forum for the public to come out and ask questions and get more information. We want to make sure we are not making decisions that are really going to impact the district regarding our children's educational future and our taxes." ??? "All political hogwash" -ValleyDad987

SalladasburgDad, did you mean June 2013? That was informative, but a repeat. I am stuck on June 28, 2010 minutes

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andy33

Jun-29-13 6:47 AM

Stop 'talking' in riddles..if you have something to say...spit it out!!!!...BTW..the Helm kiddies went to Salladasburg...Bierlys and Hines should have gone there too...right?

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BARKingBulldog

Jun-28-13 2:33 PM

Save our school district my #55! I thought Helms kids went to Jersey Shore elementary? Come to find out Beirly and Hinds kids did. How did that happen? Yeah, and now it is ok that all of the kids go in town Beirly? Valleydog is the klan from that website

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LaughIn

Jun-26-13 7:26 PM

@jjs8282-Bethany McClain the sole administrator of the Save Our Schools informed her followers in November that she pirated the pictures from the school website and it was legal. It very well could be, however, before I retired it was paramount to have signatures from parents to take photos and record students.

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SalladasburgDad

Jun-26-13 5:32 PM

Good Evening! It is so nice to come home from the office and play catch-up with the Sun-Gazette. I would like to bring more meaning to a message I made on June 11-13, 5:27 p.m. under "Board prepares to vote on closing elementary." If in fact I were a true concerned citizen, I would watch the July 10, 2013 meeting of the board or request all the information handed out. This may clarify the banter between Bierly and Helms on that Save Our School District Facebook Website. Mr/Ms Francis, when its your business to be either part of the problem or solution, maybe best practice for professionals would be proper follow through of real, honest, truthful and factual knowledge before casting doubt to parents and taxpayers for personal gain.

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MoMRNRmR

Jun-26-13 9:05 AM

Sorry, it should post "Great Job Board Members"

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MoMRNRmR

Jun-26-13 8:49 AM

Great Job Board Member. To all the Board Members whom were out at the poles last month running for re-election, I guess you were telling the truth to the voters! I'm wondering what all the voters think NOW! School closed, no tax increase, I can't wait for the REAL ELECTION in October. Write in Allowed? JERSEY SHORE - Jersey Shore Area School Board unanimously approved a $36 million budget that includes no increase in real estate taxes. The spending plan eliminates the per capital tax, translating to about $60,000 in lost revenues. But with the closing of Nippenose Elementary School, the district hopes to realize much greater savings overall in expenditures. Overall, the budget is expected to show a fund balance of $5.7 million.

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MoMRNRmR

Jun-26-13 8:49 AM

Great Job Board Member. To all the Board Members whom were out at the poles last month running for re-election, I guess you were telling the truth to the voters! I'm wondering what all the voters think NOW! School closed, no tax increase, I can't wait for the REAL ELECTION in October. Write in Allowed? JERSEY SHORE - Jersey Shore Area School Board unanimously approved a $36 million budget that includes no increase in real estate taxes. The spending plan eliminates the per capital tax, translating to about $60,000 in lost revenues. But with the closing of Nippenose Elementary School, the district hopes to realize much greater savings overall in expenditures. Overall, the budget is expected to show a fund balance of $5.7 million.

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jjs8282

Jun-25-13 1:09 PM

As for the Save our School District facebook page. I've reported you, I asked that you remove my childs photo from your page and you haven't and I gave you time. Therefor, I reported you. Have a nice day.

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jjs8282

Jun-25-13 1:07 PM

I can see both sides, however, what is done is done. The same thing happened when Keystone Central decided to close their schools.

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ValleyDad987

Jun-24-13 10:04 AM

Leuy-YOU CRACK ME UP!!

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Luey22

Jun-23-13 10:52 PM

cont.

Don't you think so? Shucks when all of the real estate investors are swarming the honey pot....someone might take a little notice don't yah think??

Ah...Ms. Wasson, I thought you said it was about not closing any of the elementary schools??? Looks like you would have been okay if it was Avis. Yeah, I watched the 7 o'clock news on 16...AMAZING

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Luey22

Jun-23-13 10:47 PM

@iaxudis- When every card was played by her and the union prez via family and friends,they had no other alternative but to cast doubt. That is what people do to cover their OWN Assets. Heck, if I lived across the road from****I would be concerned about its future too, who wouldn't be especially with the gas/Amish people leasing/buying everything. If the family business is to be sustained, keep positions! Property values, health issues, not a good education in town, charter school scam, sell this/sell that, fudging numbers---ALL NONSENSE. There is NO denying the facts..economy stinks, bills need to be paid (by the taxpayers), enrollment is down and consolidation is an end to the madness. Truthfully, that retirement home idea makes perfect sense and probably should be investigated before its sale. Who better to do that research? County zoning, new investors to the board, and an elder law firm. Shoot, I think it is a great idea with long term benefits to this community

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iaxudis

Jun-22-13 8:24 PM

Louie... What were the lies that you're talking about. Not following the trail. Retirement contributions by the district ARE increasing significantly. Discussion of cyber school increases is also seen at other districts across the state. Am I not seeing the lies?

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andy33

Jun-21-13 10:27 AM

Luey...Valley dad/mom....do you think that building would make a great elder care facility....well...that would depend on how the ZONING went.....hummmm...follow that trail..!!!!

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Luey22

Jun-21-13 8:14 AM

Repeat:

OH MY....Someone needs to put down the walls and run away from their own imagination! For the sake of a chuckle, lets pull a "Slatrunner" via "ValleyDad987".....

Back in 08/09, Harry Brungard with ulterior motives in hand, conjured up in his mind to buy the Nippenose Valley Elementary because he wanted a wrestling room in Jersey Shore. Then, when he discovered it would not be Avis Elementary to be closed, he got NASTY with the board----resulting in a political spanking?

REALLY, is that what happened?

I think that WHOLE board should be dismissed due to their lies about increased costs to healthcare, retirements, special ed, cyber charters and less funding from the state NOW!!!

They do not make oars big enough for your paddling...

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andy33

Jun-20-13 9:57 PM

Valley dad....you are totally wrong on all counts....drank too much kool-aid, did ya now!!!!!

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ValleyDad987

Jun-20-13 10:46 AM

This is all political hogwash. There is absolutely a ZERO chance to hold the line on taxes. "they say" they have mills is reserve to pay for this. So when the tax increase comes, it will be due to something else. If they would have just done the renovation-taxes would have been fine. Here is what REALLY happened. The valley group got REAL nasty with the board, the board retaliated by closing the school. Numbers don't lie, it doesn't make financial sense to build this small addition for the high cost. WHen this project is over, it will exceed $20,000,000.00 and taxes will go up! Sounds like we all need to move to Shunk Pa were the taxes are low. They only have one school in the WHOLE count.

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SlateRunner

Jun-20-13 10:07 AM

Wow this is a tough crowd. I have been attending and watching board meetings via live feed for a year or so. Didn't the majority of the board get what they have wanted---a closed Nippenose school? Now we will see if they can keep their promise to all constituents and not raise taxes. Seems like a daunting task going into a major construction project. Time will answer all questions. I really think you need to cut the newbie board member some slack. It is my understanding that when you are sworn in to that position you are asked to uphold the constitution not all of the desires and wants of all of the constituents in the entire district. I thought this was a representative form of governing.Why can't they both be representative? Did anyone ever stop to think that maybe Harry Brungard has ulterior motives? Maybe he wants to purchase the building. I heard he is into real estate. Whatever happens will happen and what is done is done. Let's just see what happens.

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LaughIn

Jun-19-13 11:33 PM

Iaxudis, you are 100% correct about where the "cuts" are coming from. Corbett is sending a strong message to school districts, "the state wants out of the business of education." He wants local taxes to pay for what any given area can afford, even if that MEANS privatizing it, outsourcing it and making it competitive.

Mom, Why ask a bitter soul anything rational?

ValleyDad, I think the property belongs to the taxpayers.

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MoMRNRmR

Jun-19-13 9:20 PM

Sorry, gone should be join

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MoMRNRmR

Jun-19-13 8:23 PM

BarkingBulldog your comments are all over the place. Who and What is the Concerned Citizens Group? Can we gone if we live in JS? The school is closing, so you did not win. The primary election did not have a great turn out, so victory is not yours either. I'm concerned to the comment that you state about certain business owner, the ones that were running for election, the ones that also won are really there for themselves! I'm confused by your comments, is this what you are saying? What do you mean when you say that Mr. Brungards vote didn't matter anyway? It did matter, it spoke volumes. Why such underlying hatred towards this person? He did what the constituents wanted, that's why he was elected. None of this is a joke! Our children are no joke, they our the future.

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iaxudis

Jun-19-13 7:51 PM

Just a few observations. First, Mrs. Smith is a teacher's spouse acting to benefit teachers. She was also on the board in 2005 when the taxes went up over 20% in one year and the fund balance was < $5000.

Planning on moving walls is a benefit? I guess you're right, but if the reason is to operate more efficiently, wouldn't that mean putting more students in a classroom?

Despite Julie's statement, the vast majority of class sizes are not increasing next year. Apparently, you didn't listen to the explanation at an open meeting that class sizes WILL NOT increase. The same wonderful teachers in Nippenose will now move their classrooms to JSE.

Budget "cuts" are NOT being made by the board, Rather they are simply recognizing that taxpayers have a limit and the schools must live within their means. The "cuts" were made in Harrisburg!

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Luey22

Jun-19-13 4:54 PM

Oh My....Someone needs to put down the "Kool-Aid" and walk away from the keyboard! For the sake of a chuckle, lets pull a "BarkingBulldog"...

Mr. Brungard's vote was "meaningless" and that is why you gave him a "spanking" after shuffling his words and posting political garbage on the Save Our District website and then the Sun-Gazette---Concerned Citizens?

OH GIRLS!!!! Get out your oars....

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andy33

Jun-19-13 3:41 PM

Valley...you actually don't need to have regions...you can have members-at-large...that is a decision made by the board..

Barking...you speak in riddles!!!!!

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