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.

Eileen May 14, 2012 at 12:30 PM
Heh, heh. So how's that fancy new library looking folks? 5 mil could have gone a long way to keep a school open.....
RCK May 14, 2012 at 02:24 PM
Well put...same can be said for Schlumberger. BTW, didn't the town close an elementary school many years ago for the same reason...only to reopen at a later date?
CM May 14, 2012 at 03:11 PM
I'm told that our public golf course might lose a bundle this year, to the tune of $120,000. This is an ongoing trend. Our public golf course also had a net loss on average over the prior 4 years. If we are going to close a school, then I think the town needs to also take a serious look at the golf course - and either make some changes, or sell the darned thing.
sebastian dangerfield May 14, 2012 at 03:42 PM
golf course loses money, most likely, because the people who manage it, want to golf for cheaper than it really costs. Raise the greens fees to 100 bucks a round..and youll be in better shape, but the people running it, dont want to pay that. As far as being able to keep a school open, if we had not bought worthless land, and paid for a library that is not needed--- how about not spending money on things we dont need . period. Not that if we had 5 mio bucks more, we should waste it on keeping a school open that doesnt need to be open. Prediction is lots of parents will voice 'concern' about closing school. Fewer people will say we should just close it. The Board will take the path of least resistance and put off the closing. When its not your money--people in government always choose the easiest route. The status quo is the easiest route....its why there is gridlock in all walks of government.....status quo is easy.
Mike Taylor May 14, 2012 at 08:08 PM
If we close a school now, look for Bundle #2 within 7 - 10 years to pay for expansion or re-opening. We've seen this before. Why are we repeating history?
Tom Falconieri May 14, 2012 at 10:04 PM
WHY> No one shops in town any more. When i went to town a few months ago to shop i paid double for something i could have got at the MALL. And to top it off i got a parking ticket because one wheel of my F350 Duelie was just touching the parking line. HELL CAN FREEZE OVER BEFORE I SPEND ONE PENNY IN THIS TOWN!!!
Tom Falconieri May 14, 2012 at 10:09 PM
MIKE you are 100% correct. The schoolies are banking on it. The last time they did it we were scammed out of 90 MILLION BUCKS. As i always say people in this town have more money than BRAINS!!! By the way closing a school will only save 1 million bucks. I dont see it that way. The math must be by a math teacher in our school system. It doesn't ADD UP. Can someone explain to me why only 1 million will be saved. Is the BOE telling me that it only costs 1 million to run an elementary school??? By the way i am not in favor of closing a school. To re open another one 5-7 years down the road will cost MILLIONS!!!
Christine E. May 14, 2012 at 10:16 PM
Both Branchville School and Barlow Mountain have been closed previously.
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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