Tazing! Thanks for the laugh!
Of course the school district a home is located in has a large impact on home buying decisions, but any home buyer knows that schools can and do redistrict when necessary. Do you not think that Montello is doing everything it possibly can to accomodate its ELL population? It's just not enough, and we cannot let children lag behind because of some parents hysterical fears about poverty and diversity. I think the purpose of this redistricting proposal is to bring all three of the affected schools up, and make them all "desirable" schools to attend.
If your question is, "do I think kids from Tall Pines are better than kids from Knox Street?", the answer is no, but I'm not sure what that really has to do with anything. If your real gripe is LPS not following through then it shouldn't matter to you who is filling the 10 new classrooms at McMahon, and you should leave it out of your argument. I have two sons that attend Montello and my daughter will be starting next year. I can assure you that morale is not low, and the teachers are nothing less than spectacular. I would highly suggest you spend a day volunteering there, because I am far too busy to waste my time trying to shed light on people that refuse to see it, and the public misrepresentation of what Montello school is from people who have no first hand knowledge needs to stop.
Nathan McCarron, this has everything to do with class and bigotry! Why are kids from an expanded McMahon boundary ok and kids from Knox Street are not?! Stop crying about fuel costs, because guess what buddy...they already take a bus! Do you really think it makes such a huge difference in cost if a bus takes a left or a right to drop kids off? Give me a break! Your argument is weak and pathetic, be a big boy and dry your tears!
The comments quoted in this article make no sense. First of all, the kids that are being moved from Montello to McMahon take a bus to Montello, because Montello school is too far away for them to walk. They are not being moved out of there "neighborhood school" because if they were attending a "neghborhood school" that school would most likely be Longley, but Longley is overcrowded. As for "parent involvement" being key to a students success I would have to agree, and because it is highly unlikely that parents of these students are walking to Montello for parent teacher conferences, they will be able to be just as involved in their child's education at McMahon as they are at Montello. Longley is overcrowded and Montello is overwhelmed. Something has to be done to make sure ALL the children in Lewiston are getting what they need out of their education,. These kids will all be going to school together soon enough and if half of them aren't learning what they need to in their elementary years it will impact all of them in their middle and high school years. It's funny to me that two of the parents quoted in this article are parents whose children won't need to change schools,they will just have a few new faces in their classroom. They're just not happy with the new faces that will be sitting next to their child. Makes me have to wonder if the whole "neighborhood school" argument is nothing more than a disguise for bigotry and classism.