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Frankfort residents speak out at school board meeting

By CAROLINE GABLE

FRANKFORT, N.Y. (WKTV) - Over 200 Frankfort residents packed the Frankfort-Schuyler Central School Auditorium Tuesday night, to speak out about two proposals the board of education is considering. Many passionate speakers came to the podium, asking the board to go back to the table because they don't want to see across the board cuts to programming, but they also don't want to see West Frankfort Elementary School close it's doors either.

Superintendent Robert Reina outlined the fiscal challenges the district is facing, after losing $1.3 million in state aid. The President of the Frankfort-Schuyler School Board, Mike Button, says the open forum allowed the board to see which issues are the most important to residents.

One concern was voiced over and over again, residents don't want to see their children on the bus for a longer period of time. But that is a reality if West Frankfort Elementary School closes and students are transferred to Reese Road Elementary School. In the event that happens, 5th graders would then be moved into the middle school and high school building. Having younger students in the building with high school seniors is also concerning to some parents.

"I would love the board to reconsider their thoughts, of course we don't want anything to happen to any of the programs we want it all like everything else we want our cake and we want to to eat it too. I want them to revisit these options. We don't want to lose any sports, we don't want to lose arts or music we love the operas we love the music they put on, there has to be other ways of solving the issues at hand, " says Frankfort resident John DiSano.


Button say's they'll now take time to digest the comments and research answers, "The board's job is to balance the tax payers, the students, the teachers, the staff. Like I said the board feels we have a very dedicated staff, they have nothing but the child's best interests at heart. You know we are going to have to weigh out the tax money and the loss of revenue we are going to have and come up with a decision," says Button.

The school board plans to post responses to some of tonights unanswered questions, on their website:http://www.frankfort-schuyler.org/education/district/district.php?sectiondetailid=1&

Posts are expected Wednesday or Thursday.

Fiscal decisions regarding the district and educational programs do need to be made prior to April 12th, when the school board will vote on their budget.

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