Public Hearing on Wednesday for Possible School Closing

The Smithtown Central School District will hear public input on the possible closing of Nesconset Elementary and the Citizens Advisory Committee report.

Locals can publicly voice opinions on the possible closing and the Citizens Advisory Committee final report Wednesday night.

A public hearing is set for 7 p.m. at Nesaquake Middle School.

, a report that recommended the closing of the school. 

When the committee decided to put the closing to a vote Jan. 5, 17 voting members voted for the closing of Nesconset Elementary; four voted in favor of closing Mills Pond Elementary.

The committee made four other recommendations in the final report – not implementing the Princeton Plan that would moves students in groups from kindergarten to second grade and grades three through five, renting and not selling the vacant school building, relocating central offices if the district could benefit financially from the move, and studying the sale of vacant or undeveloped district land.

3SJ February 16, 2012 at 02:19 PM
This meeting was a joke. Just like a BOE meeting. Absolutely NO comments were made from the board to any questions asked or comments made. Most of us went there assuming it was a public forum of questions and answers. It was not and it was very disappointing that our board cannot have open communication with its taxpayers and voters.
One Opinion February 16, 2012 at 02:59 PM
The district needs to have an official Public Hearing before the vote. They should have made it clear that they are having a meeting tonight to provide answers to questions that have come up. People need to realize that the BOE has nothing to do with the contents of the report. They have questions just like the public The comprehensive CACIH report was put together by dozens of Smithtown citizens who spent hundreds of volunteer hours working on this project. I think the community has lost site of that. I understand parents are upset. Nobody wants their school closed, nobody wants their transportation cut, nobody wants larger class sizes, nobody wants to cut sports and everybody asks to find the money someplace else. So why is no one asking the real questions. How much money would the district save if the STA reduced their Step increases to 2% or increased their healthcare contributions to 20% or god forbid took a pay freeze for one year.(not a giveback down the road) It could possibly save the district between $5-$10 million dollars. Now that would truly be "for the children" as everyone likes to say.
One Opinion February 16, 2012 at 04:20 PM
I meant to say that the district was required to have an official public hearing which was the meeting they had on 2/15. However, they should have made it clear that they would not have a dialog with the community and that they were having a work session tonight to look the issue brought up by the speakers.
scsddad February 16, 2012 at 05:31 PM
The work session tonight is open to the public. It's at NYA at 7 PM. It maybe a good thing to go to


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