Friday, 24 September 2010 00:00Pursue Cost Cutting at the Expense of EducationI enjoyed reading Susanna Sheehan’s letter on Sept. 15. As a teacher, she brings another look at the options for readers to consider. Her research found some positives our current configuration has on children in other districts.
She also pointed out one adverse effect on children’s learning and that was multiple transitions. In fact, none of the options being considered increase the number of transitions in our district. So the point is moot.
On the other hand, of the 10 top performing school districts in New York, (according to neighborhoodscout.com), two have fifth grade in the Middle School (Ardsley and Chappaqua) and one has the fifth grade in their Middle School and eighth grade in their High School (East Williston). To rate in the top ten, out of some 859 districts, should give some credit to their configurations.
I truly believe none of our school board members or administrators would pursue any cost cutting measure if it came at the expense of our children’s education and well-being. I have to believe that, if not, how could we ever move forward with any decisions they would make?