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Another District’s Story *UPDATED*

Inattention to Budget Numbers Can Have Unthinkable Consequences!

Greetings. Over the jump (click continue reading) read the story of Sullivan West’s issues in 2005 when unchecked financial assumptions led to the choice between closing two schools or an insanely high tax levy. The story from the Times Herald-Record’s Steve Israel demonstrates what can happen when taxpayers and parents aren’t paying close enough attention to the budgets (and the assumptions used to derive the budgets) put forward by the district administration. I am not convinced that all the numbers and assumptions used to arrive at the current proposal for WVUSD are valid. We are not given very much time to investigate, and the district’s co-operation in terms of providing access to the required data has so far, been less than forthcomingDr. Bryant has informed the Parents Information Network (PIN) that the assorted financial documents and transportation data will be made available by tomorrow (Friday the 17th).  Also, the last four years’ worth of budgets and audits have been uploaded to the district site here.  Read the tale from Sullivan West and ask yourself if you think that sort of thing couldn’t happen here in Warwick? Continue reading

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ACTION REQUIRED TODAY!!!

Call Dr. Bryant and Email All Board Members TODAY!

I received an email from a parent who attended a school concert last night informing me that Ray Bryant took to the stage to suggest that he was considering changing the date of the BOE meeting currently scheduled for Monday, December 20 to Saturday, Dec. 18 in the afternoon.  This seems like a calculated attempt to depress turnout at the meeting by creating confusion and changing to a day when fewer people may be able to attend.   A good deal of publicity has already been done to advertise the 12/20 date including  more than 500 flyers that have already been distributed to parents.  Today, let’s flood the phone lines and jam the email boxes of the BOE calling on them to leave the meeting date as it stands, 12/20 in the evening.  The numbers and emails you need are over the fold (click “continue reading”).  Take a minute to make a few calls/emails today! Continue reading

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A Piece of the Solution: Put the PIE Back in PIES

A Better Allocation Means PIES for Everyone

Several of the recommendations put forth by the Future Organizational Alternatives document (which was issued in tandem with the demographic study) include the reapportionment of Partners-In-Education (PIE) classes.  Two call for the outright closure of PIES.  What none of them calls for is reapportioning classes in such a way as to help keep PIES open.  In an email conversation I had with a very knowledgeable source inside the school, the following ideas were floated.  Again, these are the kinds of alternatives we need to come up with to offer as a competing strategy.  Click “continue reading” for the details. Continue reading

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Agenda for Wed. Night’s Emergency PTA Meeting

Solidarity despite the chilly winds.

This information just came to me via email form Patrick and Lisa Cunningham.

In an effort to stay organized for Wednesday night we would like to propose a high level agenda for the meeting. 

  1. Introduction
  2. Overview of current efforts (just to name a few)
    1. Petition
    2. Letter to residents and business owners
    3. Pine Island Chamber of Commerce support
    4. Pine Island Fire Department support
    5. PLAV Post 16 support
    6. Blogs and other postings
  3. Presentation
    1. John Ruszkiewicz, for WVCSD School Board member (from the 1980s), and president of the Drowned Lands Historical Society will be joining us for the meeting on Wed. He has very valuable insight into the current environment, which parallels the conditions of the early 1980s, when John served on the BOE.
  4. Discussion and Ideas
  5. Set Strategy
  6. Wrap-up 

Bring the kids – 4 WVHS students have volunteered to watch the kids while the parents meet. (Thanks to Sondra, Tara, and Nancy for coordinating.)

Also, here’s the link to the article about this issue in today’s Times Herald-Record.  It was cold out, but we looked good in the picture!

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A Viable Alternative

We Must Offer a Clear Counter-Strategy

It occured to me during a discussion with Jerry Zimmerman, that it is not going to be enough for us to simply make a unified show of protest over the proposed closure of PIES. At the end of the day, no matter how much we protest, the BOE is going to have to do something to address the budgetary issues that are at the root of this whole problem.  What we need to do as a unified front, is publicize an ALTERNATIVE strategy to the broader Warwick Valley community.  We need to clearly demonstrate to our neighbors that there is an alternative to closing PIES and why the alternative makes more sense.  Jerry offered a strategy I think fits the bill click “continue reading” to see the details of this alternative plan. Continue reading

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Dates to Appear in December – Turn Out to Save PIE!!! *UPDATED*

STOP the Closure of PIES. Turn out for all these meetings.

OK gang, here’s the latest list of upcoming meetings where we need to show overwhelming opposition to the plans to shutter our school.  Again, I realize it is the holiday season and we’re all really busy with preparations.  So please move whatever you have to move at home to make these dates.  It is CRITICAL that we show a unified front of opposition to this plan.  Click “continue reading” for the list of dates and times. Continue reading

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It’s On! Organize Here to Save Pine Island Elementary

We Will Not Go Quietly Into The Night!

I had let this blog fall silent over the last six months or so as I have been occupied in other areas.  But the recent bomb dropped on our community by Ray Bryant and the BOE has forced this site back into service.  I will be updating posts and moderating comments in real time going forward until such time as we persevere in saving the jewel in the crown of Warwick’s public primary education system.  We will not be shuttered without a fight!   Check here for all the latest information on meetings, rallies and other opportunities to show our strength in solidarity and numbers. 

I know the holidays are upon us which will make it all the more difficult to carve out the time to make ourselves heard.  I suspect this was by design.  But we have to carve out the time to show them that this injustice will not be snuck in the back door while no one is looking.

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