St. James Students May Face Further Changes to Middle School Feeder Pattern

Mills Ponds parents told students will transition to Great Hollow Middle School for 2014-15 school year.

Mills Pond Elementary School (Patch File Photo).
Mills Pond Elementary School (Patch File Photo).
Despite being only midway through the school year, St. James parents are surprised to learn a compromise on the district's elementary-to-middle school feeder pattern may have been pulled off the table. 

Some Mills Pond Elementary School parents received a letter from Smithtown school officials, Fios1 reports, stating St. James students entering 6th grade next fall will be sent to Great Hollow Middle School in Nesconset for the 2014-15 school year.

Smithtown's Interim Superintendent Judith Elias could not immediately be reached for comment or additional information. 

The school feeder pattern change will affect roughly 25-30 students, according to Fios 1. 

For years, students graduating from Mills Pond Elementary moved up to Nesaquake Middle School in St. James. However, after the district closed Nesconset Elementary School in June 2012 the feeder patterns began to change.

In March 2013, more than 600 St. James parents signed a petition aimed at keeping their children together, stepping up from Mills Pond to Nesquake Middle School, instead of being sent to Great Hollow Middle School. A compromise was eventually struck to allow affected parents a choice of where to send their student.  

The next Smithtown Board of Education meeting is scheduled for 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 14 at the New York Avenue building. 

Is your family or child going to be affected by a possible change in the district's feeder patterns? If so, how do you feel about the change? 

Harry January 18, 2014 at 11:45 AM
YMCA? Now your pushing it.
Hasyayoga January 18, 2014 at 10:43 PM
I may be incorrect, but I thought that there was an offer to buy NY Ave to convert to YMCA way back in 2009/2010. The earliest notable attempts at organized youth soccer in the Town of Smithtown were in 1971 and were confined to a small group of families whose children played under the auspices of the YMCA. In 1976, the YMCA soccer program featured only three multiple-year age groups, juniors, intermediates, and seniors, with mixed teams of boys and girls (if girls dared to play). Teams could be comprised of third graders playing alongside eighth graders, just to fill in the rosters, and girls playing soccer was virtually unheard of. Each age group consisted of a maximum of four teams that played each other throughout the summer on the New York Avenue School fields. Are there drawbacks to having a YMCA there?
Hasyayoga January 19, 2014 at 08:23 AM
PS Courtesy of Smithtown Kickers website via cut and paste job:)
Elsie January 19, 2014 at 09:42 AM
According to the housing committee there wasn't enough room at Nesconset to use for Administration.
Katy February 07, 2014 at 07:22 AM
We need a YMCA here. No doubt!


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