Letter to the Editor: Citizens Urged to Attend Meeting on Possible Closing of Utica Elementary

| May 18, 2014

I would like to urge community members to attend the Franklin Area School Board meeting on Monday, May 19 at 7:00 p.m. at Utica Elementary School and let your voices be heard!

A task force created by Dr. Pamela Dye will be proposing their findings on the three options they were given by the district.

The first option is moving 6th grade students to middle school and the task force is proposing this as not a valid option due to lack of studies completed and room at middle school.

The second option is closing Utica Elementary School. This option would mean closing a building that we just put over 3 million dollars into renovating in 2005 and moving students to Central elementary. This would not only mean a bus ride for many Utica students of almost an hour but I toured Central school and there is NOT one vacant room to add any classrooms without taking one of the two computer labs and converting to classroom. Central is a beautiful school but they should not have to take on any more students. Central students should not have to add more students to their already large class sizes or give up a computer lab to accommodate any more students when there is a newly renovated building not being used to its capacity.

The third option being proposed will be redrawing the boundary lines. This could even out enrollment to all the elementary schools and maintain the small class sizes that offer more one on one education between teacher and student.

It is time our communities took a stand and demand the board does what’s best for the children and take a look at other options to cut the budget!

Cheryl ‘Mushaben’ Ferry
Utica, Pennsylvania

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