East Fayette may close by the fall

Mon, 01/28/2008 - 9:42pm
By: John Thompson

In a dramatic move Monday night, the Fayette County Board of Education instructed Superintendent of Education to John DeCotis to schedule public hearings in February for closing East Fayette Elementary by August.
Originally, the school was consider for closure in the 2009-2010 school year. DeCotis said the system's facilities plan shows the system with a surplus of elementary units and the state will once again be cutting funding for eduction. The dire predictions led to a discussion that could see Fayette's oldest school building closed, so the system can reap the savings from closing it this year. See full details in Wednesday's Citizen.

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Submitted by Gagirl on Tue, 01/29/2008 - 1:34pm.

This school board is driving me crazy. They need to figure out what they are going to do with our children and make a decision! They also need to make public on their website ALL of the boundary maps that have been created, including the map for the 2009-10 school year. Funny how a small portion of kids from Spring Hill (who just HAPPEN to live off of Redwine Road in nice affluent neighborhoods) will go to Sara Harp due to the overcrowding that the East Fayette kids will cause to Spring Hill. Why not move all of East Fayette to Inman and reduce the number of kids that have to move??

Submitted by hopeful on Tue, 01/29/2008 - 2:12pm.

It nice to see I'm not the only person that has noticed the students that will be moved from SpringHill and where they live ("who just HAPPEN to live off of Redwine Road in nice affluent neighborhoods"). Seems that the board members can be bought. They all need to be voted out. If the board would look at it the way you are. You are 110% correct it would be best to move the East Fayette students to Inman, and the board should not even discuss distance for transportation, moving "the nice affluent neighborhoods off Redwine Road" to Minter is more transportation cost, so just spend the cost for transportation for East Fayette student to go to Inman. The board does not seem to want to keep neighborhood schools together so at least keep schools together when they shift kids. One other point with the change if "the nice affluent neighborhoods off Redwine Road" go to Minter, SpringHill numbers will be almost at capacity. Is this fair, NO. Board members need to consider this and be fair to ALL students in Fayette County not just the ones who parents live in a affluent neighborhoods and move there kids to a school that will have much lower number, which means smaller class sizes. LISTEN TO ALL FAYETTE COUNTY TAX PAYERS, NOT JUST A PERSON BANK ACCOUNT. Funny the newspaper, FCBOE website, neither had any information posted that the closing of East Fayette was going to be discussed at the meeting last night, it would have been nice to be informed so I could have attended. Once again, information not being given to the public, keep it quiet and maybe the BOARD can just do what they have planned all along without dealing with the public, remember the public is the ones paying the bills with tax money. Funny how the Board of Education Members wants our help with the changes the state is trying to make to state funding verses local property taxes, BUT DON'T CARE TO KEEP US INFORMED and to make things worse tell us we will have to pay twice because of the bond from 2004 if the local funding is cut, because the BOE will still owe the bond therefore the tax payers will still owe it too, the bond they lied about what it would be used for, never saying a school would be closed to build a new one. You are dealing with children’s lives and make changes so easily, one week East Fayette staying open one more year, the next it closing next year, this neighborhood will be at this school, no now let's move them here. These are not just numbers they are lives. But I have received four copies from my children’s school to date of the BOE stand on the local funding and state funding issues but to date have received nothing on the changes to elementary attendance lines. Both of the issues are equally important to me can we say the same for the BOE?

Submitted by Gagirl on Tue, 01/29/2008 - 5:44pm.

I hope you plan on attending the board meetings on Feb 11th and 13th, we definitely need to voice our concerns. BTW, E. Fayette is already overcrowded, my child is lucky enough to attend Enrichment in a trailer...which is "always cold". Gotta love the way those tax dollars are being spent!

Submitted by heatjam on Tue, 01/29/2008 - 4:43pm.

Please break it up into different paragraphs!! You have many good points, it's just hard to read.


Submitted by g8trgrl on Tue, 01/29/2008 - 3:31pm.

Hopeful has their head in the clouds. Can they explain why SPRING HILL should be exempt from crowding? Peeples will still be crowded next year, so why is your school so special? The crowding is not an issue to the Board after the last vote, so drop that one. I really hope E. Fayette closes & some more kids go to Minter, as a taxpayer I don't want to pay to heat & air condition a half empty building. How can we pay for E. Fayette for another year? That is $1 million wasted if we do. Thank goodness the board has seen the light on all the empty classrooms we will have next year. Hopeful - welcome to the world of trailers, lunch at 10:30 am or 1:00 pm for your kids & big classroom sizes!!

Submitted by heatjam on Tue, 01/29/2008 - 4:44pm.

Peeples didn't have to be overcrowded!! We all know what happened there!

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