Demographic Studies Aren't Iron Clad - Warwick is Ripe for Growth Once Economy Improves!
The California School Board Association has faced budgetary shortfalls that prompted calls to close schools in many districts. From their publication, School Board News Today, I gleaned the following quotes that support the notion that it is unwise to consider demographic studies as definitive or iron-clad in their findings. Here’s the relevant quote:
He [San Jose Unified Superintendent Don Iglesias] also recommended that LEAs resist the temptation to raise some quick money by selling facilities. Predicting demographics and future student enrollment is an imprecise science; there’s no telling when changes in birth rates and housing patterns may transform a declining enrollment district into one that needs to open new schools.
Hans Johnson, education analyst and demographer at the Public Policy Institute of California, says districts need to keep their options open. “A district does not want to be in a position of closing a school and having to turn around a few years later and open a new one because there’s been an unexpected boom in school-age population,” he says.
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I attended the School Budget meeting last week at the middle school and was distressed to hear one woman say that the Route 94 development project was going to build affordable housing units that could bring as many as 300 new students to the district. I didn’t believe that she had her facts straight as I had not heard that mentioned previously. However, an article in this week’s Warwick Advertiser seems to verify her claim. What is not in the article is that each child that lives in this would be new development would only bring $1000 in annual tax revenue paid into the school district. It costs many times more than that per student per year to educate Warwick’s youth. So this would add an unbelievable burden atop the already heavily stressed school budget. People, we need to alert all our friends and relatives and get them involved with the campaign to shut this project down. Time to say, “enough” to development focused more on profits for developers than better quality of life for Warwickians. Follow past the jump for the artist’s rendering of what the new 94 development might look like. Continue reading
77 New Homes is Too Many
The below is an email I received, circulated by Wendy Schlesinger regarding the past week’s town board meeting to discuss the proposed Warwick Views development.
A big thank you goes out to everyone who attended last Thursday’s Town Board. For those of you unable to attend, we wrote up meeting notes related to the proposal made by John Capello ESQ, Jacobowitz and Gubits, LLP, Attorneys representing Warwick Views, LLC.
We encourage all concerned citizens of Warwick, NY to review the DEIS (Draft Environmental Impact Study) and submit written comment to the Town Planning Board no later than March 17th, 2010.
To view the most recent information and documentation on the proposed Warwick Views, LLC clustered development please go to http://www.warwickviews.com
Follow over the fold for the rest of the Town Board Meeting Notes. Continue reading
I received the following in an email from Wendy Schlesinger, a concerned Warwickian. The proposal to build this development will have seriously negative consequences for local aquifers to say nothing of the impact on other quality of life issues surrounding the introduction of another 80 households into the local school systems and other public arenas.
Citizens of Warwick, NY listen up!
The Town Planning Board of Warwick, NY is on a fast track to approve a development project that will convert a rural setting into an instant suburb with 77 new homes.
- The Warwick Views LLC. Development project is a clustered subdivision of 53 homes, located off of Blooms Corner’s Road and situated in the precious wetlands of the Walkill River Basin whose streams flow out to both the Quaker and Pochuck Creeks. This proposal, in conjunction with the already approved Luft Farm development, brings the total to 77 homes.
- This is some of the most critical land in Warwick with one of the deepest and most plentiful aquifers on the east coast complete with Federally protected wetlands.
- The Town Planning board is forcing the developer to increase the amount of homes for this development in order to allow the introduction of community septic and community water facilities into their proposal – a first of its kind for Warwick.
If you are concerned about overdevelopment in Warwick, NY, please do the following:
1. Read more about the Warwick Views plans at www.warwickviews.com
2. Attend the Town Board meeting on March 11th @ 7:00 PM which will include Warwick Views, LLC engineer Kirk Rother requesting approval for community septic and community water facilities as part of their proposal.
3. Review the DEIS (Draft Environmental Impact Study) and submit written comment to the Town Planning Board by March 17th, 2010.
Please do your part before it is too late.
What is your View?