March 8, 2017 by stoptheblockhvrhs
At last night’s BOE meeting, enrollment estimates for the next couple years were given. A Feb 13, 2017 article in the Waterbury Republican American provided more specifics:
Current Enrollment – 404
Next year – 377
2021-2022 – 357
2026-2027 – 312
(Those estimates are provided by the New England School Development Council, which, according to the article, Patricia Chamberlain has found to be “very accurate”).
That is a startling decline in enrollment; one that will have a ripple effect through region one communities. An administration-driven schedule change reviled by students, parents and faculty that will drive more students to private schools and give families an additional reason not to move here is the last thing our community needs.
The administration is determined to implement this schedule. While students are enrolling in classes for next year, the administration is planning to bring in representatives from schools that use a block schedule (but not schools that tried and rejected the block schedule) to persuade students. The board of ed seems determined to allow this to happen rather than serve the taxpaying citizens of the region. But they have the power to do something about it and, like the rest of us, they have to live with the effects of this change. Persuade them to represent the community they were elected or appointed to serve. Talk to your selectmen. Share your concerns with other voters.