As a student at Schreiber I can say that I was thoroughly disgusted by the actions of the BOE members tonight. I found several things that I felt I had to present to the board because of the way in which they were handled.
1. A short-term plan is absolutely necessary. I am not saying this because my family is for it, I am saying this because I firmly believe that the school district will become like the overpopulated city schools if there are no portables or fast renovations to the existing schools. The entering kindergartners, sixth graders, and even ninth graders will have their classes in closets unless something else is done before September 2001.
2. You say you want community forums, but how are you going to achieve this if you do not let the community know about meeting date changes or time changes or give the community adequate notice of additional meetings that you schedule. Right now to me it feels like even though you say you want it, you really don't and don't care about the community's opinion.
3. I am very disappointed about the discussion of the inadequacy of Schreiber's library. Schreiber's library is not adequate for the research that honors and advanced placement students need to conduct for these classes. I have found myself on many occasions going to the nearby colleges to do research. Yes, I know that we are only a train ride to the city or bus ride to Jackson Heights for better libraries. But if a student, like myself, has only one hour of allotted time to do research in the library there is not enough time to go the city (40 minutes away) or to Jackson Heights (at least an hour away) do your research and then return before your next class begins. This is an impossible feat to accomplish and there is no time to do anything once you get anywhere. Even if you go to the PWPL you spend at least 20 minutes in travel time and right now even this library is inadequate during its renovation. Another thing is that sophomores and freshmen are not allowed to even leave the campus so they have to worry about getting off in order to do their research, juniors are only allowed to leave during their lunch periods which for most is only half an hour and they still have to eat, the only students who could actually do this would be the seniors. On the subject of libraries is the fact that Weber's library is also inadequate. There are maybe 8-10 computers in the library that if a class were in the library the students would have to find books and share computer time. The selection of books is also inadequate for the advanced students.
4. The fact that you did not listen to the teachers and administrators about the bonds disturbed me. They know what is best for the students and they say that two 6-7-8 middle schools would be better for the students and for the community they are probably right. I am against a 1,200 pupil middle school and do not see how it is possible, if you can find a way to change my views I would like to know and learn your reasoning for this and do not tell me about the money.
Thank you for reading this and respond if you will.