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High enrollment blamed for Mont Pleasant woes

Official hopes to make parents part of solution to Mont Pleasant violence

Mont Pleasant Middle School students leave school at dismissal Wednesday.
Photographer: Peter R. Barber
Mont Pleasant Middle School students leave school at dismissal Wednesday.
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The problems at Mont Pleasant are partly due to the school having too many students, Superintendent Laurence Spring said. Students from Mont Pleasant and Oneida Middle School were merged into one building last year. There are more than 730 students there now, up from 550 two years ago. Spring briefed the Board of Education on the situation at Wednesday’s board meeting. It highlights the need for several smaller middle schools, he said. Residents will be ...


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airedale1950
October 16, 2013
11:08 p.m.

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Did anybody at the board of education, and city government do the math...or did they all attend city schools and fail miserably at arithmetic? A roughly 29% increase in enrollment would not cause any noticeable difficulties...not to mention that a large percentage of the new students would be from neighborhoods different than those traditionally attending Mont Pleasant? Anyone remember the old Linton Mont Pleasant rivalries? Anyone remember the turmoil experienced the first year of the Linton-Mt. Pleasant merger? What are we paying these officials for? We have their salaries, the cost of increased Police presence, the cost of training and hiring new help to replace the staff running for their lives away from the Middle School...and the cost to the welfare system when we have to pay for medical treatment when the little idiots and their "parents" finish beating themselves bloody.Did anyone seriously think this through?
How much did the Board of education really save the city by combining the two middle schools?
Wait until people start dumping their homes in the city, so their children can go to decent schools. Tax revenue will suffer. Wait till the homeowners find out the homes they own in the city are worth far less than they thought because nobody will want to buy a house in Schenectady because the schools are so terrible. Tax revenue will suffer even more. Less tax money means less money to throw at the education 'problem' so a horrific education mess gets...you guessed it. A whole lot worse.

Rob1986
October 17, 2013
8:12 a.m.

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Why don't we just combine all the Schenectady city schools into one big prison.

hodgkins.t
October 17, 2013
10:07 a.m.

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Cathy Lewis and Ann Reiley championed the policy to dramatically increase enrollment at Central Park and Mt. Pleasant in order to save a few pennies for their senior citizen constituents. SCOPE's dividends -increased crime, increased failure rates, long term increases in taxpayer costs should shame them into resignation, but instead they take pride in gutting the schools.
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The kids clearly know that Schenectady, as well as the rest of society, does not care about them.
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If we did care about urban kids then school would not start at age 5, and then only last for 49% of the year, and for less than a third of each day.

reader1
October 18, 2013
10:29 a.m.

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Increased enrollment probably added to it, but, that in and of itself does not made kids fight.

If these kids really wanted to test their fighting ability there are some great venues for that - Schenectady Youth Boxing, Journeymen Wrestling Club. I'm sure Coach Kittle or Mr. Poplizio would welcome these alleged tough guys or gals with open arms. You want to prove how tough you are - visit one of those places, and if you stay with it - you'll be better for it, and you'll stay out of trouble.

JIMOCONNOR
October 18, 2013
3:59 p.m.

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I'd rather concentrate on ongoing REAL Schenectady demographic issues than disproven straw dog theses designed to maintain a failed candidate's name in the public's eye.

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