Keep Wales school open

As a teacher and a parent, we feel it is necessary to have our say about the possible closing of Wales Central School.

Thirty-two years ago, when we were looking for our first home, we asked questions about the school in Wales. How far away? Two miles. How many grades? Kindergarten through eighth grade. How many students per room? Fewer than 15. Yes, a real neighborhood school existed.

As a teacher, I know that young people can have anxiety about school, teachers, busing and large classes. Middle-grade students have the added challenges of their changing bodies and emerging feelings about sexuality. Changing schools every two or three years adds unnecessary transitions to what could be a seamless learning environment.

These facts can and do affect learning. With the stability of a neighborhood school, teachers, students and their families develop strong, positive relationships. This enables students to feel secure in their school while they enter puberty and confident about who they are before they enter high school.

Because our children are now successful adults, thanks to their successful start at Wales Central School, we will be affected by the school staying open or closing. We do feel that the children of Wales deserve the best education possible in the formative years.

The families of Wales would be making a sound investment in their children's futures by voting to keep Wales Central School open.

Mike and Grace Trainor, Wales

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Unfortunate

That school systems have to consider closing schools but reality says that the student teacher ratios are out of wack and something needs to be done. It is the same everywhere. A classroom should have more than 15 students in them. I remmeber when there were 30 plus in a class room. The teachers then, taught, and we learned. They didn't say their classes were to large. They taught because they wanted to. It was their calling to want to contribute to kids learning ,at all levels ,and making a life for themselves after high school. The kids you want to learn and who have a support system at home will learn and be successful. To many mandates on class size and teachers whining they can teach more if class sizes were small. Number of students does not dictate learning. It comes from the enthusiasm of the teacher who is committed and innovated to entise children to learn that breeds success. Again , throw in home support and it will work. Learning that is. Restructuring was thrown at this state in mandates for the sole purpose of the state not being able to fund education with it fair share. Therefore accept what is taking place and except that schools with low numbers should be closed and classes brought to a level where a teacher is earning his/her pay. And remember this there was no such thing as Ed techs. The real teachers did it all.

Unfortunate

That school systems have to consider closing schools but reality says that the student teacher ratios are out of wack and something needs to be done. It is the same everywhere. A classroom should have more than 15 students in them. I remmeber when there were 30 plus in a class room. The teachers then, taught, and we learned. They didn't say their classes were to large. They taught because they wanted to. It was their calling to want to contribute to kids learning ,at all levels ,and making a life for themselves after high school. The kids you want to learn and who have a support system at home will learn and be successful. To many mandates on class size and teachers whining they can teach more if class sizes were small. Number of students does not dictate learning. It comes from the enthusiasm of the teacher who is committed and innovated to entise children to learn that breeds success. Again , throw in home support and it will work. Learning that is. Restructuring was thrown at this state in mandates for the sole purpose of the state not being able to fund education with it fair share. Therefore accept what is taking place and except that schools with low numbers should be closed and classes brought to a level where a teacher is earning his/her pay. And remember this there was no such thing as Ed techs. The real teachers did it all.

Kathi Doyle's picture

Well said!

Our children too are grown and also went to Wales Central. The school and faculty are what the children of Wales need. Please vote to keep Wales Central School open.

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