Thursday, March 17, 2011

Kingston School Board Votes to Close the Meagher School

This is Evidence of why School Board member elections should move from May to Election Day in November.  Everybody knows a small group of school district voters continues to sponsor and vote for board members who are ultimately elected and control the board independent of the wishes of the local taxpayers and parents. My observation is that a majority of local Kingston taxpayers would want to close an outlying school such as Zena School before closing the inner city Meagher School. Also, a majority of taxpayers want to revert to elementary schools aligned by grades K to 6 instead of K to 5.  Also, a majority of taxpayers want the school board to eliminate teacher step increases for longevity and coursework, as a means to counteract the Triborough Amendment and prevent local school tax increases. Let's move the school board member elections from May to November so the majority of school district citizens will have the time and opportunity to vote for people who will give us true representation.

1 comment:

Ralph Mitchell said...

If the Meagher parents, teachers, students and homeowners want to keep Meagher open, you must organize a HUGE voter turnout for the Kingston school board election. You have to get ONE of your best and most vocal Meagher sponsors to run for the school board, and you have to advertise that person vigorously. Notice the emphasis on ONE person, since it is much easier to get one person elected than 2 people elected. If you try to get 2 people elected, you probably will get no one elected, since the favored teacher union candidates will split the differences. Petitions for Kingston School board candidates are due at Crown Street by April 27th. The school board election is May 17th.