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Community Advocate | Bedford Hills | 1 day ago

Dr. Manno clearly stated that there will be no end to neighborhood schools, and that the number of Mt. Kisco based students that may end up going to WP is somewhere 11. If the school has capacity, what’s the problem? Where is your proof that WP parents are upset?

Community Parent | Mt. Kisco | 5 days ago

Please look to Dr. Manno’s presentation of his recommendation that he made last night at the BCSD board meeting. This meeting can be viewed on line and all of the content is going to be made available online at the BCSD web site. He addresses all of the concerns in the risk analysis that was presented last year by the the Space and Enrollment Committee. This is the place to get the facts to educate yourself about this issue.

Alex | BHills | 6 days ago

How about we stop the madness and get rid of dual-language altogether and end the experiment Adrienne Viscardi and her cohorts started on underprivileged children in Mount Kisco. No one speaks up for the Latino children who we all know will benefit immensely from total English immersion. My fellow liberals have lost their way, as they applaud giving these children 50% of the English that BCSD’s older ELL students have historically gotten.

Theresa Flora | Mt. Kisco | 1 week ago

Oh the irony of it all.

Community Parent | Mt. Kisco | 1 week ago

Mt. Kisco Elementary School has a high ESL population and that is not going to change by ignoring their educational needs. Ignoring such a need will not benefit the community at large either economically or socially in the long term if this population is not provided a solid education that is also inclusive. This is a very special opportunity for English speakers in the community to have an enriched educational experience by learning a second language alongside native speakers. A dual language school of choice offers just the solution and opportunity to promote a strong school community and greater community in Mt. Kisco. It is also the most effective approach to not undo the hard work the board has done to get the district’s finances back in order. I urge you to please take the time and attend or tune into Dr. Manno’s extremely thorough and fact based presentation at the BCSD Board Meeting on Wednesday so that you may form an informed conclusion about the the dual language program at MKES.

A real parent | Bedford | 1 week ago

Mr. Santomero, your whole narrative of the unraveling of society is a clickbait piece on par with the bot army. You speak about neighborhoods yet clearly have issues with demographics and a misunderstanding at best or intentionally misleading at worst hypothesis. Don’t vilify the children as causing your property value to drop, because there are many more factors at work. Having children get the best education possible includes having bilingualism and might even raise property values by giving parents the option to choose where it wasn’t possible before. Believe it or not people choosing to move actually look at education options and this one expands the menu making homes more enticing for growing families.

Elizabeth Ronel | Pound Ridge | 1 week ago

This shouldn’t be a cultural issue, race issue. MK could be a wonderful town but it’s like that land time forgot bec of politics and high rent. I, for one, want it to thrive and I live in Pound Ridge. If the MK schools are packed and over burdened spread the population around all the other schools in the district. People are people and every one of our families started some where. But don’t close all the neighborhood schools. That is a decision that will be regretted. Just fill them by spreading the student body around more from the over burdened schools. And have a bilingual magnet, that can benefit everyone – or have a bilingual program in the schools with kids who do not speak English yet. There are kids in FLHS who are just floating along who still don’t speak English and that leaves them feeling very instead I’m sure. And they aren’t benefiting from our rindsrful school system. When one does well, we all do well.

Common sense. | Mt Kisco | 1 week ago

It is the School Board you (all BCSD residents) voted in that created the mess in Mt Kisco. Now it’s time to fix the problems they created. Equal access to education is a simple right we should all have, no matter how inconvenient to some.

Concerned parent | BCSD | 1 week ago

This was actually a recommendation of the space and enrollment committee which was comprised of parents from every elementary school. Framing it as purely a Mt. Kisco recommendation is misleading. The article also leaves out plenty of pertinent facts. For instance, Pound Ridge and Bedford Village operate at around 60% capacity. How would absorbing a moderate amount of students affect your home values? That’s an odd argument. Like it or not, Mt Kisco students end up in Fox Lane MS and HS. Not addressing those issues will have a far greater impact on your child’s education and home value. Perhaps it’s time for the district at large to understand that Mt Kisco is in fact part of your community no matter how much you deny it. Which begs another question. Why is there such resistance to the notion it is part of the community? Hmmm….

Elizabeth Ronel | Pound Ridge and FLMS/HS parent | 1 week ago

What is wrong with having a bilingual school in MK where the majority of Hispanic families reside? The majority of students in BCSD speak English and the schools broken down by neighborhood works fine. We need the various schools to accommodate the student body. If the concern is about exposing Hispanic kids more to the Anglo kids then put them in the various schools but don’t disrupt the village schools.

Tim Mohr | Mount Kisco | 1 week ago

Ed Reder is a odd fellow, missing a few screws. His push for a Magnet school is to save his town from futher implosion.

Laura | Katonah | 8 months ago

Why is the title so misleading? Parents pay for this trip! This is an end of MS celebration. Who would begrudge a class of students a celebration when it takes place outside of school hours and is NOT paid for by tax dollars?

Peter | Katonah | 8 months ago

The title of the page about the dinner cruise is wrong. KLSD did not spend $36,000 on a dinner cruise; the PTO and the 8th grade families paid. Even the article says so. Who cares whether the school was involved in the contract?

J. Zimmerman | Bedford | 1 year ago

We are the only district to reject our budget. Maybe it should have stayed under the TAX CAP.

Scott Johnston | Bedford Hills | 1 year ago

All:

The +4% budget missed passing by 54 votes. That’s it. Did you miss the vote? Be thankful it didn’t pass by 1. It could happen.

Now, the school board is trying to decide what to do next. NY state law gives them a “do-over” It’s a horrible concept because it gives them little incentive to sharpen the pencil the first time, but that’s the state we live in.

They will be tempted to submit another cap-busting budget. Surely, they might think, they can pick up those extra votes, and in late June the private school families or those without kids will be drifting off.

In an effort to produce a Greek Chorus of support, some BCSD parents have sent out a survey to the community – their community. I know I didn’t get it, I had to rely on some Mad as Hell readers to forward it to me. The survey seeks to frighten parents with cuts (music! sports!) when the real issue is the BTA (Bedford Teachers Association – the union), and their unwillingness to accept a pay freeze or less (wildly) generous benefits.

I urge everyone to answer the survey. It takes about a minute. Tell them you won’t stand for more hikes until the fundamental problem is fixed. We can’t go through this every year. Make sure to make a comment at the bottom demonstrating you know where the real problem lies – the BTA.

Incidentally, before you think I’m being “mean” or I just don’t like teachers (I was one, incidentally), you can see what teachers and admins make at BCSD here: http://seethroughny.net/payrolls/15361629. Keep in mind, this is only base salaries, and only for 180 days of contractual work. Rule of thumb is to add another 30% for benefits, and that doesn’t even include pensions, which are 75% of peak base salary for life.

Here is the survey:

http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/2791640/BCSDBudget

And make sure to plan on voting June 21st! If you’re not here, get an absentee ballot. (I will let you know when those become available.)

Scott