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FDR School closing expected in Schenectady

Savings would allow better arts, music offerings

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The city’s smallest elementary unit, Franklin D. Roosevelt School, may be closed in favor of restoring art and music classes. Superintendent Laurence Spring explained the closure after The Gazette’s deadline at Wednesday’s school board meeting. Board members contacted Thursday said they generally supported the idea. “We never like to close a school, but that is a very small school,” said board member Cheryl Nechamen, who said she would reluctantly vote for closure. View the Schenectady ...

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April 12, 2013
7:04 a.m.

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Maybe part of the problem is trying to teach the unteachable .

April 12, 2013
7:50 a.m.

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I disagree with the above comment. There are no unteachable children. A teacher has to take the time to find a way to get to the child. There are many ways of reaching children. Some teachers are motivated only to get a paycheck not to teach. How do I know/ I was a teacher for 37 years and welcomed many of the "unteachables" into my classroom. Everyone learns at his or her own speed.

April 12, 2013
9:17 a.m.

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It is long past the time to take a good look at Magnet School funding, as Mr. Chestnut suggests.
The grant money for this program was eliminated years ago. Thus, money that could be used for students in the District's other schools, is instead subsidizing this program.
The District has never been forthcoming about exactly how much more money is spent on the magnet schools. Transparency would go a long way in discussing this issue with the financial facts finally being divulged.
All Board members and Superintendent Spring should seriously look into this, before any cuts are made.
As someone once noted in a letter to the Gazette, the Magnet Schools in Schenectady have become more like elite schools. CPIMS serves a disproportionate number of 12308 and 12309 students. Certainly not the intent of "Magnet" Schools as they were designed originally.