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How Will Nesconset Elementary's Closing Impact the School Year?

The Board of Education for Smithtown voted to close the building back in February.

School is set to open for the Smithtown Central School District on Sept. 4, but one of its buildings will not have any kids roaming its halls – Nesconset Elementary.

After committees were formed and gathered to see what decision on a school closing would be best for the district and months of speculation and questioning, the Board of Education voted back in February to close Nesconset.

With the district being one building fewer for the upcoming school year, how do you think, if at all, will Nesconset Elementary's closing impact the district?

Let us know in the comments and please check out our past coverage of the school's closing. 

JG - St. James August 29, 2012 at 07:52 PM
This school never should have been closed, just another half-baked idea from our extremely incompetent school board.
Nesconset Dude August 29, 2012 at 08:05 PM
It will re-open, just like Great Hollow did and the re-shuffling of the high schools. One question a few people have had though: are any of the Nesconset Elementary kids relocating to Tackan? I'm not sure how the poowers that be decided how this relocation of students was gonna go, but it seems a bit haphazard IMO.
Smitty August 29, 2012 at 10:59 PM
Nesconset El will never reopen! The building is too old & too many updates would have to happen to bring the building up to current code. Also, I believe the redistricting was finally done correctly and without parent influence of where they want their children to attend.
STM August 30, 2012 at 12:38 AM
Totally disagree there Smitty! If parent influence wasn't taken into account some of the Nesconset students would be going to Takan and not 100%, displacing so many Mills Pond families!! Then maybe St James El wouldn't be pushed to the brink and Mills Pond wouldn't have ridiculous class sizes compared to rest of district!! Total lapse on this board and administration!!
Heard Around Town August 30, 2012 at 01:52 AM
Tackan could only take a small amount of Nesconset students. If they wanted to free up space at Tackan for Nesconset students, they would have had to sent students across to Branch Brook from Branch Brook to Mt. Pleasant. The district did not want to do this as it would have caused a student imbalance later on at the high schools. At the end of the day, by containing the student movement to Nesconset, Mill Pond and St. James, it was the least disruptive scenario. I believe the district will address the class size by breaking new sections at Mills Pond in the short term, but I do believe the new superintedent needs to tackle the issue long term by re-drawing the elementary boundaries as there is a lot of extra space at Accompsett Elementary.
Argile August 30, 2012 at 02:07 AM
I'm curious to know how the BOE gets away with closing a school, giving a new Sup a big raise, and has the balls to raise everyone's school taxes, again.
STM August 30, 2012 at 02:35 AM
It's true that Takan could not have taken as many students if this had happened a year ago but as enrollment declining it seems this current school year they could have accomodated at least 40%. By not "disrupting" more students now we have overcrowding at St James El and class size problem at MP. Furthermore this "soft transitioning" will disrupt some families anyway (from SJE to Dogwood) and will take too long to be effective. If only the district would "break sections" for MP in short term....but they didn't. Only one grade that was forced to with a new registration
Heard Around Town August 30, 2012 at 07:54 PM
Ehmann had one year of central office experience before he was named superintendent. He spent his 5 years learning on the job and the community paid the price dearly for the number of mistakes that were made during his tenure. The new superintendent brings 7 years of sitting superintendent experience. I firmly believe he will make an immediate impact, steer the ship in the right direction and restore the prominence of this once proud district.
Argile September 01, 2012 at 02:23 AM
How about this, let's give the raise AFTER he improves the school district. Not BEFORE. How do you give someone a big raise at the taxpayers expense when you've done NOTHING and BEFORE you even start your job? Oh wait, that's how Obama got the Nobel Peace Prize........
Sticks60 September 02, 2012 at 07:29 PM
The school had to close. Class sizes were getting to small and with the 2%+ cap on taxes in place without a similar cap on employee salary/ benifit increases the choice had to be made. One thing about the whole process I can not figure out. The MP community came out in force to protect their children from being forced to move to another building yet only two weeks after their victory it was announced that 50% of the students would have to move out anyway. At that meeting nothing was said.
scsddad September 03, 2012 at 08:27 PM
I heard but did not check that St James will have 27 students in a class and Mills Pond will have 21 students in a class. If true the district didn't do a good job balancing the schools
St James mom September 04, 2012 at 02:40 AM
Nope scsddad.....there are a few exceptions here & there but overall MP class sizes are terrible as projected for next 10 yrs. MP current 5th gd did just split with a new registration our they would've begun overcap. MP 4th grade, 2nd and 1st are very high as well! From what I'm hearing SJE almost always broke section so should be less kids in each, Bottom line the school is at capacity. Also the other elementaries were untouched and remain relatively low with occasional exceptions.
scsddad September 04, 2012 at 01:37 PM
St James mom Thank you for clarifying. Over the summer they changed the lines to move 80 students from St James to Dogwood
Michey September 18, 2012 at 12:37 PM
How come there are three empty classrooms at Tackan? I don't understand why they didn't break up the Nesconset kids instead of shoving 3 schools into 2.
St James mom September 19, 2012 at 03:46 PM
That's the question many people want to know Michey!! We'll never get the straight scoop, but it could've solved many things, including the continuing PTA divide at Mills Pond. Might have balanced classes alittle better too! John Nolan and Jennifer Bradshaw should publically explain this don't you think?

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