To the Times of Ti:
On Aug. 21 the Crown Point Central School and the Ticonderoga Central School advisory committee met for the final time to present their findings on merging the two school districts. Alan Pole and Jessica Cohen from Castallo and Silky Education Consultants presented the advisory committees findings. The findings can be found at www.cpcsteam.org, click Merger Study.
The Ticonderoga School District has a very good reputation. Therefore, prior to this meeting I was considering voting in favor of the consolidation. However, after attending the presentation I have reconsidered.
The Ticonderoga School is a very good school, and if I resided in Ticonderoga I would have no reservations about sending my children there. However, I live in Crown Point, and the committee gave these findings:
— Last year Crown Point School scored higher on the state tests than Ticonderoga.
— The Crown Point school building is sound.
— The student enrollment is stable.
— Crown Point students would ride a bus for an hour to Ticonderoga.
The Crown Point School Districts finances are balanced, and the staff is highly-educated and motivated. Also, if the merger did not take place Crown Point residents would maintain control over their own school board, community members would travel less to school functions and the children would have less bus time and more time for home work.
Why is a merger even being considered?