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District reaffirms intention to close South Street school

January 29, 2013

“Publicly, we’re stating at this time that we are going to close South Street (Early Learning Center)....

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Jan-30-13 2:49 PM

Warrenmom, they will not bump 8th to the high school. It would not be financial feasible as 7th and 8th grade share teachers. I questioned if this could be done when 6th went to WAEC and it is not possible.

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Jan-30-13 2:25 AM

Lifelongresident, excellent point! Times have changed. Many kids lack total respect and discipline. But not all of them. We can't categorize every child today as lacking respect or discipline. However, the number of kids that constantly cause distractions in the class is much higher than 10-20 yrs ago. And nowadays teachers aren't allowed to discipline in the same manner they did years ago without being threatened with a lawsuit. It all begins at home. I couldn't imagine my kids ever swearing at a teacher or disrespecting them or any other adult. I just don't see a classroom with approximately 30 kids being a good learning environment.

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Jan-30-13 2:13 AM

Warrenmomof2, I'm aware 6th grade is moving back to Beaty. I stated that. Even with them moving back, enrollment will still be an 100 students on top of the 839 currently enrolled at the school.

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Jan-29-13 5:46 PM

finally a good decision............

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Jan-29-13 2:42 PM

Nothing wrong with 25-30 per class. Parents have to realize it's not the class size that teaches, it's the students motivation that teaches, and that starts at home!

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Jan-29-13 11:52 AM

I agree with you Lifelongresident as that was my memories when I attended school. My son was the first graduating class from WAEC and it housed 2-5. It was nearly 7% over capacity. I wonder how far over capcity it will be now and if this is legal. How many kids can they stick down the basement? I hate to see the parking in the winter when they have an event.

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Jan-29-13 11:38 AM

Good point, Llr.

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Jan-29-13 11:17 AM

Problem is when we were in school with class sizes in the area of 25 pupils, we respected and sort of feared our teachers. What we feared most was our parents if we caused trouble in school. Now many kids don't have this respect nor are they punished at home. I agree we can't afford these smaller class sizes, I'm just trying to explain that things have changed and it's very difficult for a teacher to control a class of that size NOW-A-DAYS.

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Jan-29-13 11:02 AM

Not a big fan of parents in the classroom. Just my opinion.

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Jan-29-13 8:12 AM

Kinzua1, agreed, I went through WCSD with 25-30 per class / no teachers aide, and turned out just fine.....

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Jan-29-13 6:44 AM

No need to complain,just wait a year,and they will re-open South st.I don't think they have a clue what the next step should be.How did teachers operate when 25-30 students were the normal size? I guess the teacher's aides are no help either.

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Jan-29-13 2:09 AM

Just a note, I would be all for it if the move could be done and class sizes stayed at least where they are now. Even though I feel they are too large now, I know they are going to increase even more. I also feel Eisenhower needs the renovations they are getting. My question I guess is that if we are closing schools because we lack money and funding so badly, how can we afford these renovations?

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Jan-29-13 2:05 AM

Last year my son had 16 in his class, this year he has 27 kids! All the other classes sustained this approximate increase in the amount of students per teacher/class. That's way too many students per class. Shifting an entire school made up of 2 grades to WAEC just isn't feasible! The quality if education will be limited with those large class sizes. It's far too many little kids for 1 teacher to have in a class and maintain an orderly room. They keep closing all these schools in Warren, yet are renovating Eisenhower which is a mult-million dollar project. How do they think they an possible safely and effectively move 2 more grades to WAEC, even with 6th moving back to Beaty??!!

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Jan-29-13 2:01 AM

See that Eisenhower, Warren gets it's schools closed too. It isn't just you like you always try to claim. Curious to see how much whinning comes out of the Warren people about it as compared to Ike people.

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