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Nesconset Elementary Closing Nears

Parents, children staffers and teachers are being uprooted by the closure. We want your stories.

The Smithtown Central School District will have one less elementary school next year after is in a move set to save the district close to $1 million.

But the money comes at the expense of a lot of change. Teachers are going to be moved, children split between the remaining schools and parents asked to create new routines on playing a role in their children's educational and extra-curricular activities.

So, let us know. How is this going to affect you next year, and how are the children taking the news?

Post your story in the comments section.

Argile April 17, 2012 at 12:59 PM
The residents of Smithtown pay enough in taxes that this school should have never shut down. But hey, it's was all about the children right?
Marion Knott April 18, 2012 at 03:28 PM
I have fond memories of Nesconset Elementary. My oldest son went to k there until Mills Pond opened. I subbed there in the sixties and beyond. It seems that Smithtown was quick to close many schools years ago then having to re open them and the fiasco of the high school closings, etc. Hopefully, this time they have done their homework. The kids will adjust to their new surroundings so now it's up to the parents to adjust. When my husband was Supt. in a neighboring district he was fully involved in long time planning with successful results.
VT April 18, 2012 at 03:30 PM
@robkoz. The kids are last .a crying shame . With all the money that we pay to school budgets, every one of LI schools should rank in the top 200 schools across the country , don 't you think?
STM April 18, 2012 at 03:48 PM
I'll simply say it's sad that any school had to close, but then to put 100% of those kids into another school and divide that receiving school more what a shame!! Lost all confidence in the decision making or that all kids are considered.
Parent April 23, 2012 at 12:02 PM
So this budget, as large of a number as it is, (especially in comparison to our surrounding areas) just doesn't get the job done for our KIDS! I am tired of hearing how Smithtown gets it done. I have had a very recent experience where my child was trying out for a sport and got hurt. The Coach, who was there overseeing and supposedly watching the kids tryout, was there by himself. (No assistant coaches). My child was neglected and this Coach did nothing. The teachers don't seem to care if kids get hurt because we are the ones paying the bill and our Board voted to to cut their assistant coaches. This is just one tiny example of how we are still on this downward spiral and are children are the one who will suffer. I feel, the very people who we need for education don't understand how generous Smithtown tax payers have been and how this tax cap ties our hands. The teachers union is working against itself, the State ties our hands and the teachers don't feel responsible. And FYI, we just approved a Superintendent whose children do not attend Public School. Our new leadership does not believe in the very system he works for and although I keep hearing how incredible he is, our money will go to him and not to our children. Where does it end? Seems like our new leader has the right idea, get off the roller coaster. Pay for private school - get what you pay for - pay and stay in public school pay more - get nothing. WE ARE NOT GETTING IT DONE!!!!
Parent April 23, 2012 at 12:03 PM
Time to move to a town with lower taxes and really spend my money on my children, not this system!!
LI Snowbird May 31, 2012 at 08:48 PM
Well, the news is out about the teachers. Nesconset parents who thought that some teachers would follow the children to Mills Pond, think again. There is only one class teacher and one special ed teacher going there. Not surprisingly another lie told.
Proud Parent June 05, 2012 at 01:06 PM
I really hope all the people who post remarks about our schools are also the ones who show up at meetings. Yes, it is sad that our school has closed. Yes, we pay high taxes. But we are not alone here folks! Many neighboring districts are in the same boat. If we want this move to work, for kids and parents alike, then lets focus on what matters....our KIDS. We still have an amazing educational program that ranks our High School in the top in the country! We have dedicated Teachers...speaking of...how about those Teachers and staff who don't have a job?? ANd the ones who moved (LI Snowbird) had a choice where they wanted to go...I look foward to the new year, and reminding people that you get out of it, what you put into it.
Sticks60 June 05, 2012 at 03:40 PM
As I sat at the board meetings seeing the out pouring of the community for keeping MIlls Pond open. It seem like they really wanted to see their children stay in that school on not be bussed to another building. What I can't seem to understand that just two weeks after the it was announced that the school would remain open the board announced that half of the students would end up in St James and not a peep from anyone. So what was the whole point of the exercise of in one night 15 minutes of "Don't close this school" when your child ended up moving anyway.
Argile June 05, 2012 at 11:46 PM
@ There's a high school in Florida that has 25 Valedictorians. Have to find the link. It's amazing. From what I recall there budget is nowhere near Smithtowns or any other district on LI.
Argile June 05, 2012 at 11:49 PM
@ Sticks, half of the students are going to St. James?! Wow. St. James is a clusterf#$% in the morning as it is. It's going to be a real horror show come this September.
Argile June 05, 2012 at 11:54 PM
@ Proud Parent, I disagree. The school board should be the one's looking out for the best interests of the children. That's what they were put their for. That's what we pay the school district for. As a parent it is MY responsibility to make sure my kids take full advantage of the educational system and not waste it. So now what you are saying is not only do we have to work our asses off to pay for our kids to go to this school district we have to keep tabs on a corrupt BOE at the same time? It's called responsibility and accountability. Maybe it's time the BOE learns it.
STM June 06, 2012 at 12:40 AM
@rob- more than half Mills Pond moving to St James...almost 60%. (so MP could take 100% of Nesconset) @Sticks- the reason parents stood up even if would end up moving is because many people felt MP would be the wrong school to close for a variety of reasons!! As to why you didn't hear another peep? What could we do, decision made!!
Sticks60 June 06, 2012 at 01:26 PM
@STM- I agree from all of the info MP would have been the wrong school to close. My problem is how the SB handled the who process. They make this big show for months on the question of closing but never once mention a plan for where the students will be sent untill after the parents of MP thought they won something. From my experience both the board and the adinistration knew what was going to happen to the students but did not want to add more fuel to the don't close my school demonstration.
scsddad June 09, 2012 at 09:00 PM
I think most of the Nesconset teachers are going to St James because they are getting 300 more students. If the administration didn't want the the community to know how moving the teachers would work the board should have let the community know. With Ms McEnroy being an retired teacher and also working for the STA she should of spoke at a board meeting about this topic. I realize she was very busy trying to help the STA get the teachers a raise but she should of made a little time to speak about this topic

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