Tonight: Public Hearing To Discuss Possible School Closure

Recently, the district posted a survey to measure the town's feelings regarding the issue.

Ridgefield Schools will be holding a public hearing tonight to discuss the possibility of closing an elementary school within the next few years.

The meeting, to be held 7:30 p.m. tonight in the Board of Education room at the Town Hall Annex, will give Ridgefielders a chance to weigh in on what has been a contentious issue so far to potentially close a school due to falling enrollment.

Recently, the district posted a survey to measure the town's feelings regarding the issue.

So far, no official decisions have been made regarding the possible closing, but discussions by the school board have indicated that it would be in the district's best interest financially to close an elementary school once enrollment reaches 2,000 or lower, which it is predicted to do by 2014.

Check the Ridgefield Patch tomorrow for details about the public hearing.

sebastian dangerfield May 14, 2012 at 10:33 PM
mike, where do you get your projections of needing to re-open the school between 7-10 years? Based on something that happened once before? Which was the mistake? Opening or closing? This town deals in fear of some unknown. We buy land, based on the phantom developer that didnt exist when the housing bubble was still intact. We pony up 5 mio (and we shall find out how much more in operating costs we are saddled with in a couple of years. But it wont be pretty) because someone says ADA requirements and we raised 3/4 of the money and we need a library. When asked why do we need a library, we get the answer : we have been over this before. But that's all. Now we should make decisions about closing a school, owing to declining enrollment-and the reason we should not close it, is because they closed one before, and then re-opened it? No. You make decisions based on empiracle evidence and data points that exist today. You examine pre-school enrollment, land transactions that appear to indicated new families are once again re-locating here. You make educated decisions and live with them. Wasting 1-2 mio a year, thinking that we may need to re-open a school in 10 years or 20 is not good management. The next time they need to open a school, dont allow for the luxury version of a re-opening.
John Symon May 15, 2012 at 02:52 AM
Spoken like a true landlord with insufficient parking for his properties. Wayne, East Ridge is a middle school. Are you thinking Veterans Park? By the way, I can always find a space.
Eileen May 15, 2012 at 11:41 AM
Still pushing for more parking? Didn't your "family" want a 3 story parking garage off Main St, behind Turkey Ridge, etc., a few years ago? It was all under the guise of "concern" for the shop owners. And lo and behold just a month or so later Celtic Croft had to vacate their Main St location because the rent increase was too high. Who was the landlord? "Adessi". Need I say more.....
Eileen May 15, 2012 at 11:43 AM
@RCK Yes, Schlumberegr too. What a waste in both cases.
Kevin May 22, 2012 at 12:00 PM


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