Watch the previous meeting, Dr. Kreitzer's last, where the options were discussed.
The original option was meant to equalize the load and minimize bus times.
Option two took into account the administratiors' concern for amending the plan to minimize the impact on academics.
Plan 2.1 is pure politics. A last-minute attempt to put lipstick on what is the pig of the LES closing. A gaggle of last-minute compromises that smack of favoritism and compromise.
If anyone is wondering why Dr. Kreitzer left so suddenly listen to his comments and watch his body language. Obviously, he was not getting paid enough money to put his stamp of approval on such cronyism View Comment
Thanks for correcting your quote, because factually speaking the only people who have been "unhinged" so far were a school board member in a parking lot after a meeting and the superintendentt with his outlandish and wildly inaccurate accusations in the wake of the demonstration at Meadow Pond.
Factually speaking, I would urge the board to review the mountains of data that show that the falling tax assessments will more than subsume any imagined savings. The BOE's corrected savings number went from $2.4 million to $1.6 million, and now you have stated as $1.3 million. Is this your final number?
Finally, with over 800 signatories on the petition where do you come up with only a few people being opposed? Typically, local issues like the proposed move of the library to Town Park struggle to get 300 signatures. The last petition to have 800 signatures was the opposition to the ice-skating rink which a referendum showed was opposed by 75% of those in town. I urge you to check that with your demographer or any other statistician.
It seems clear that the community is skeptical of any savings, in fact, believing property values and real estate assessments will be adversely affected. and regardless of the alleged savings, a majority, young and old taxpayers, feels this is not a proper place to be attempting to cut corners. Both the school and the town have conducted surveys in the past, if you are confident in your statements, why not conduct a survey? View Comment
I heard what I thought was a cruel joke, namely, that 60 students from Michelle Estates were being sent directly to Katonah, bypassing Increase Miller, only to find out it was true!
So now, after destroyingLES, a community center for many young families, bad enough, it appears we are following that up by breaking up nearby communities.
What realm of thinking closes K's largest, most centrally located highest rated school? What twisted logic sends Michelle Estates children to Katonah, away from friends they play town sports with, the Lewisboro Library, friends and places where their parents shop, rather than sending them to Increase Miller, and sending children from the far western portion of the town to Katonah, where many of their parents shop, use the library and have friends, and thereby keeping neighborhoods intact?
Route 35 is not dangerous enough?
Beam me up Scotty. View Comment
The district’s alarmist email blast response was just terrible. They have never taken such a stand against the teachers union when the union has protesteed in much more forceful ways, e.g. shouting at meetings like dockworkers, personal attacks or dressing in black to intimidate students.
It appears that the "suspicious behavior" that the school authorities called the police about was the Lewisboro Ledger editor taking pictures.
Just 19 cars was more than a fair representation of what will happen next year with 130 LES students which is probably why the BOE is loath to do a proper traffic study. Route 123 is a busy road in the morning, much more so than 121. The lines will be like dropping a kid off at the middle school, squared.
Of course the middle school situation has gotten a little better since the demographers were so wrong with that construction project.
I went to one meeting. This is the most close minded, misguided decision the BOE has ever made in my 25 years in town, and that is saying a lot.
The school board has chosen to ignore the letter that the Lewisboro town board sent to them containing numerous expert studies that indicate property values will fall by approximately 10% in a wide area around the close school.
JS84, pay attention, for the rest of us in the district, including me, that means higher taxes in the form of a higher tax rate. In the case of Town Taxes the higher rate will only affect the residents of the town of Lewisboro.
The school board's way of dealing with this bad news is to completely ignore it. They say "it is not our job."
The school board has also chosen to ignore the many shortfalls in the demographer's report, several of which the demographer admitted himself. Instead they attempt to demean highly educated parents with at least an equal knowledge of statistics to that of the demographer, including a mom from the Meadow Pond area with Masters in real estate development from NYU, and an applied physicist at Watson. While they themselves ask juvenile questions of the demographer that show little or no understanding of the underlying facts or issues. Give me a break. To Mr. Day those who have dared to challenge his expertise are merely irate parents "who walk to Lewisboro Elementary School." Seems he forgot speakers like the aforesaid Meadow Pond mom, the town board, the chairman of the planning board and a former supervisor whose 4 children went to Increase Miller.
However, Mrs. Harckham apparently did get them to listen to the Bedford supervisor who asked that the ancient Katonah elementary school not be closed.
The cohort survival method has limited utility as a prognostication tool. Particularly when it is full of assumptions based on the worst economy of the past 70 years. Even at its best the methos led us to our 2 major bond issues. Funny how as a taxpayer I do not take any pleasure in being right then and being right again now.
I guess it is all of our faults, everyone who professes to have no time to serve on the school board, why the KL school district now reminds me of that movie, "King of Hearts."
Peter Harkham has completely let his constituents down. HUD's actions are illegal and will have terrible consequences for northern Westchester with negative impacts on the environment, our ability to pay for education and infrastructure and will use up what little land we have leftover to build affordable housing that meets local needs including for emergency responders and seniors.
You do not have to go further than the current issue of the "Weekly Standard" to see that Westchester County is in the crosshairs of the Obama administrations social engineering plans.
"President Obama may have been distracted by Syria, but his domestic presidency proceeds apace, seeking what he heralds as “the transformation of the United States.” Especially is this true at the Department of Housing and Urban Development, which aims to remake neighborhoods all across America, starting, as we’ll see, in Westchester County, N.Y." View Comment
Intimidating young voters is about the lowest form of political dirty tricks. That's how much the independence party leaders in Yonkers are afraid of a write-in campaign from Mr. Astorino, and from local candidates, even though such campaigns are traditionally hard to win.
Even more disturbing is the silence on the part of our local elected officials in Lewisborro. These tactics should be denounced, yet the silence from Mr. Harckham and Mr. Parsons is deafening.
In the case of Mr. Sklarin, Mr. Rhodes long-time former Republican Associatese, and the other Lewisboro Democratic candidates they should be ashamed. They crashed their opponents' write-in campaign reception with the controversial Dyalma Vasquez and Richard Rhodes and sat silently as the latter was abusive, even going so far as to threaten a bystander physically. Now they stay quiet as these two Independence party architects wage a campaign of intimidation against young voters. View Comment
Perhaps the reasons some of these people seem angry and are posting anonymously are intertwined. Namely, your abusive behavior and the behavior of the party leadership in Yonkers.
Dr. Cavallo's assertion that the Independence Party stands for something more than patronage jobs is laughable, especially in light of all of the press coverage to the contrary in the Journal News, Newsday and News 12.
The opportunity to ballot process gives local members of the Independence Party a say in who represents them in the general election rather than leaving the decision to the party faithful in Yonkers.
A write-in campaign is extremely difficult to win. One wonders why Dr. Cavallo, you, Ms. Vazquez and your other operatives are so worried about it?
Did you learn voter intimidation as the vice chair of the Republican Party? Picking on local voters seems to be child's play for you, but I guess you are more than a little worried after physically threatening a Fairfield County investment banker who wandered into the restaurant on his way to church that day.
Dr. C., how is it that Richard Sklarin and Theresa Eaker, both candidates rejected by the GOP, supposed they were invited to an event for the grass roots, write-in campaign against them? Where in the invitation did it say Mr. Rhoades should be abusive?
Mr. Sklarin was chair of the Lewisboro GOP, and Mr. Rhoades his vice chair before they parted ways with the Town Committee. Both Mr. Sklarin and Ms. Eaker sought the Republican's endorsement, but were denied.
If Abraham Lincoln had, as Doris Kearns Goodwin put it, his "Team of Rivals," it looks like Mr. Parsons has his "Team of Republican Rejects."
Truth, being a pawn for Ken Jenkins as the majority leader of the County Board of Legislators and doing the bidding for the CSEA union and all of the other down County special interests IS a full-time job!
While Mike Kaplowitz was working with Rob Astorino to represent his constituents in northern Westchester by passing a sound budget this year, Mr. Harkham was storming out of the chamber close on the heels of Mr. Jenkins. View Comment
your dedication is well known, it's why your myopia is so disappointing,
As to "public safety," I said: "companies all over the state do a great job in much more modest and utilitarian buildings."
Scrooge of the summertime.
The fireworks are just a fabulous family event. If attendance is slightly down, the celebration is still by far the single biggest gathering of town residents of the year. It is one of the few times taxpayers get value back for their money.
I am disappointed at the attitude. Voters were happy to support the construction of Vista's large firehouse, yet f ire companies all over the state do a great job in much more modest and utilitarian buildings.
Lighten up. It's called community. View Comment
Last year the Town Board made it clear that the Park and Recreation Department would move to the second floor of Onatru Farm. Not only does it make sense to put the Parks and Rec in the Town's largest park (rather than remaining in an old building with a dilapidated heating system that is practically in Somers), more importantly, it would be a much lower impact use than what was previously there or any of the other ideas being discussed, and much more in keeping with the intent of the gift.
As anyone who remembers the controversy over the construction of the Lewisboro Soccer Club's "new" field a decade ago recalls, the Onatru gift requires that the fields around the main house be maintained in their original state as a "museum" of turn-of-the-century farming. The westernmost soccer goal, which was within 400 feet of Elmwood Road caused quite a stir. View Comment
This accomplishment would not have been possible without the difficult decisions made by Charlie Duffy, many made over the hue and cry of town Democratic leaders, including Mr. Parsons, who claimed the sky would fall.
With the firm hand of fiscal responsibility, thanks to the Republican majority on the town board. Mr. Duffy's projections for the 2012 budget turned out to be spot on.
Talk about politics. . . How does the Receiver of Taxes bring in significantly more money than was estimated? The Receiver sends out bills and taxpayers return the money. No one visits the taxpayers and threatens them or harrasses them on the phone.
Again, we should thank Mr. Duffy for his conservative estimate of delinquenciy recoveries in the 2012 budget. I guess, knowing the tax and spend proclivities of his opponent, Duffy inherently knew to leave the budget tight in the event he lost.. View Comment
It is good to see that Mr. Ripperger has learned from his prior missteps. In the first instance, giving residents a heads up on what he plans to do.
But the biggest source of controversy last time was that he undercut his own argument that striping was essential by exempting Mead Street because of pressure from some of his biggest Democratic political supporters..
This letter, written by a Town Councilman heavily involved in local emergency management and a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army reserves, sheds some welcomed light by blowing apart one of the drummed up recent allegations leveled by the Teacher's Union against Dr. Kreutzer.
When I think of all of the great teachers in Katonah Lewisboro leading our children in classes that teach philosophy, civics, ethics, history and political science, how embarrassed they must be at the behavior of their Union's leadership. View Comment
The first trial by innuendo failed in Wisconsin, as did the union-organized zoo at Dr. Kruetzer's first board meeting.here. Now we have the South Salem Witch Trial, 2012. Only these charges have already been dismissed by a well-respected third party investigator!
Coming again, on the eve of contract negotiations this is the most desperate, insensitive and transparent of acts being inflicted on our community for pecuniary gain. View Comment