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School Closure Debate

STROUDSBURG — Tempers flared and insults flew at a school board meeting in the Poconos Wednesday night.

Emotions among parents and board members in the Stroudsburg Area School District boiled over as the board discussed closing two elementary schools.

The superintendent said Ramsey Elementary is set to close June 15th of this year and Clearview Elementary is set to close June 15th of next year. However, he said the board could re-visit the issue of Clearview Elementary between now and that time.

The meeting for the Stroudsburg Area School Board got downright nasty with insults and below the belt comments being flung at one other and at the audience in the high school cafeteria.

School officials said closing the schools would save the district up to $650,000 and help consolidate classrooms that lost enrollment.

Parents came out to plead their case, but once the board voted to close Ramsey, the meeting started to spiral, eventually ending up in a screaming match.

However, when the board voted to delay the closing of Clearview by one school year for further investigation, most of the audience stormed out in outrage.

“‘What they’re doing now is a mockery of democracy. They are of the majority and they’re taking hold of everything we do not stand for as taxpayers, as parents, ” said parent Erica McCade.

6 comments

  • Pocono Chuck

    If the enrollment numbers are down, what is the SD to do but consolidate and close? Gov Corbett did *NOT* cut funding… federal monies accepted by Gov Rendell ran out. Now Corbett did not replace those dollars with PA Taxes, but if he did we’d just as likely be arguing over our own tax bill due Harrisburg.

    Perhaps the draw of cyber charter schools is leading to a decreased enrollment, which then begs the question: what are cyber charters doing that brick-and-mortar aren’t??

  • shosts

    not the fed government we are fighting in this case it is the state… Our illustrious leader Corbett in his wisdom cuts funding to education so a lot of times the school districts have no choice. it is either that or raise taxes and we are taxed enough

  • AL

    CR I agree with your post, but unforutnately this is a losing battle. We are fighthing the Federal Governament, and in case you haven’t figured it out yet this is no longer We The People. It is a sad thing, because like you said this is the important time in a childs education.

  • CR

    When they went to close the Jersey Shore Elementary Schools, it was at the same time I was sent the extra census. In calling to decline doing it, I learned that the Federal Government pays School Districts to close “under used” buildings and to apply “consolidation tactics” to their School Systems. This is happening across our Nation. IMHO only, it disallows parental control of said School Systems, by removing the parents in the most important years of a child’s education. Stand and fight for your Rights as a Parent and for the need’s of your Children.

    • CR

      And as a followup, when Jersey Shore School System received a very good offer from a Charter School for the Nippenose Elementary school building, it is being reported that turned down the offer, as they (the school board) didn’t need/want a charter school in the district. To bad they didn’t understand, they may have not wanted to lose school funding, but we have the right to decide how we want our children taught and where.

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