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School Board feeling the heat

Under the subject heading, “Misinformation on your blog”, I have just received the following email:

Mr. Fountain,

The information on your blog is incorrect.

You have picked up a sample redistricting map from a 2007 study, used as part of a Board report/discussion back in December referencing the last look at redistricting in the district. This was part of a larger discussion on options for addressing racial imbalance and enrollment issues. It is NOT a proposed redistricting plan.

The Board will be receiving information about possible options for addressing the facility utilization and racial imbalance issues facing the District at it’s June 6th meeting. These options, redistricting among them, will be discussed over the next several months and into the Fall before the Board adopts any plans.

I invite you to attend the Public Forum on this topic tomorrow night at Central Middle School at 7pm and/or as a Relator in Town, to the Realtors Meeting at Greenwich High School on Friday (the topic on Friday will be the high school, but we will touch on the District enrollment issues as well and have offered the GAR to hold a another meeting dedicated to the topic).

Additionally, you can obtain updated, accurate information on the GPS web site, here:http://www.greenwichschools.org/page.cfm?p=10833

We appreciate any efforts you can give at clarifying this for the community on your blog.
Regards,
Kim Eves
Director of Communications
Greenwich Public Schools
290 Greenwich Avenue
Greenwich, CT, 06830

Why am I not impressed? Because Ms. Eve’s own communication is itself misleading or at best, incomplete. Here are my questions:

Explain why the document containing the 2007 busing map is dated January 28, 2013. I didn’t “pick it up”, you included it in an official release from the BOE announcing a public hearing on “redistricting”, this week.

Explain these illustrations from that January 28, 2013 BOE document:

What does “Full or partial redistricting” mean?

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Improve Racial Balance - compatible with no busing?

Improve Racial Balance – compatible with no busing?

What’s involved in “Improving racial balance”?

Do you see busing included in “unacceptable means” of achieving racial balance? Neither do I.

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God made the Idiot for practice, and then He made the School Board. Mark Twain

Greenwich BOE assembles

Greenwich BOE assembles

Two commenters have supplied notice of a school board busing public forum tomorrow night Central Middle School. Here:

FYI – on the website- the public forum is:
05-30
Public Forum: Facilty Utilization & Racial Balance
7:00 PM
Central Middle School

Not sure why it is not mentioned in above notice.
Everyone should go tomorrow!

In addition, you may want to file a comment with the school board here.

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Well this should kill the Riverside boom

The new “proposed” school board redistricting plan will send half of Riverside’s school kids to New Lebanon elementary in Byram. This to achieve “racial balance” from east to west. Still want to split the BOE seats equally between Republicans and Democrats?

Scroll down to pages beginning at 53 to get to the two options. Both will cut Riverside in half and send everyone west of Indian Head Road all the way to the Port Chester border. Don’t gloat: when property values drop top nothing in Riverside  the Grand List will drop in half and we’ll all pay the price in higher taxes to make up the shortfall. Vote Democratic? Only if you hate your children and love poverty.

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