Concerns about possible closing of Forestport school


We would like to express our opinion on the possible closing of Forestport Elementary School. We would like to state that we currently have no children or grandchildren attending Forestport Elementary. They all did attend but have since moved on.

The current Board of Education, which we believe consists of six Boonville residents and one West Leyden resident, is in the process of deciding the fate of the Forestport school.It is a shame that there is not a Forestport resident on the board, or that the Forestport residents do not seem to have a voice in this decision, as they do in renovations such as building or athletic upgrades.

The closing of the elementary school in Forestport has been talked about for many many years. It appears the current board is prepared to act on this now, but they should take the following into consideration; The current class sizes, to our understanding, are very small due to declining enrollment in Forestport and the class sizes elsewhere in the district are larger. Well, considering the buses have to be on the road, why not bus children to Forestport to even out the class sizes, eliminate the need to close Forestport and balance the class sizes throughout the district.

The town of Forestport is a very large township that currently has three school districts, with Forestport children riding the bus for up to an hour and a half one way, while the ride for Boonville children to Forestport could be much shorter. It should be noted that Forestport Elementary school decreased in size due to the relocation of 6th grade and Pre-K to Boonville. 

This whole process seems a bit secretive as there wasn’t a whole lot of media coverage until just recently. We also find it very difficult to believe that this very important news just recently made it to Forestport. We have not yet heard the plans for a closed elementary school, if there is one. We would also like to know why the board is considering closing the newest elementary school in the district and why there is such a rush to do it. We just hope this is not a done deal, as up to eight jobs depend on Forestport Elementary School remaining open.

— Mark and Mary Ritter,



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