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Posted: Friday, February 17, 2012 6:21 am

OLEAN — An emotional board of education ushered in change for the Olean City School District by voting to move away from the neighborhood elementary school model that has so long been at the heart of the district.

The vote came during a special meeting held Thursday night.

 

In an auditorium packed with concerned parents, students and employees, the board voted 7 to 2 in favor of a plan to close Ivers J. Norton and Boardmanville elementaries by June 30 and see Washington West and East View elementaries closed within three years as the district moves to a single-campus arrangement.

Board members James Padlo and Daniel Harris voted against the motion.

“This, as everyone said, is an impossible situation,” said board member John Bartimole of the decisions the board has had to make to secure a solvent future for the district.

Faced with a $3.4 million budget deficit for the 2012-13 school year — a gap projected to increase to $7.1 million by 2015 without immediate action — the board of education was faced with a tough decision: close the neighborhood elementary schools that often define the community in which they are situated, or eliminate programming that makes a quality education possible for Olean’s students.

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4 comments:

  • Tammy DONOVAN posted at 11:19 am on Sun, Mar 11, 2012.

    nonnie1964 Posts: 0

    My problem with this is that children that are 9 years old will have to walk to the jr high. I know that I am not alone in thinking that this is wrong . Children that young should not have to walk that far and have to cross State street or Unoin street with out an adult. This is not safe for them . Some of us have children that will still be attending East view or Washington west so we will not be able to be at both places .

     
  • rj FRIES posted at 9:55 am on Sat, Feb 18, 2012.

    citizenoutcry Posts: 2

    Heres a good one heard from one the staff from boardmanville school. They say it`s the fault of the parents and taxpayers who didnt attend the prior meetings to fight for all four schools. Not to say it might be from top school official handling funds wrongfully and taking full blame of school closures

     
  • John BAGLIONE posted at 6:11 pm on Fri, Feb 17, 2012.

    Johnny Bags Posts: 1

    THIS IS JUST ANOTHER REASON WHY PEOPLE CONTINUE TO RELOCATE FROM THIS ECONOMICALLY DEPRESSED AREA. POOR LEADERSHIP AND JUDGEMENT FROM WITHIN WILL NOW CAUSE PROBLEMS FOR OUR CHILDREN. OH I HAVE AN IDEA, LETS THROW THEM ALL INTO ONE BIG CLASSROOM AND SEE HOW BAD THINGS CAN GET. THEN AGAIN WE ALREADY DO THAT WITH THE OLEAN HIGH SCHOOL AND EVERYONE SEES HOW PATHETIC THAT SCHOOL HAS BECOME. THE CITY OF OLEAN....ALWAYS ONE STEP BEHIND!

     
  • Anne HUGHES posted at 9:17 am on Fri, Feb 17, 2012.

    Allegany757 Posts: 6

    Maybe Mayor Whitte should have payed a little more attention to the educational needs of the children in her disrict instead of worrying about the windmill situation in Allegany and making splash statements in the Olean Times Herald. This is the most disgusting decision by a school board I have ever seen!! Children deserve an excellent education. Don't punish them for your poor judgement and budgeting abilities.