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School District Consolidation Meeting Tonight

Public meeting at Elwood on Jan. 6 will explore options and explain the process.

Editor's Note: An earlier version of this story stated that Elwood's spokesperson said Northport had acknowledged receipt of the letter. Beth Izzo said today that she didn't specify which districts responded.

Faced with a challenging economy, rising retirement system contributions, and a host of other financial obligations, the broached the idea of consolidating the district with one or more neighboring school districts at its Dec. 2 workshop.

As a result, that board has sent letters to the boards of education and superintendents of the Northport-East Northport, Harborfields, Commack, South Huntington, and Half Hollow Hills districts to determine if there is any interest in holding meetings to explore the issues of possible consolidation.

Beth Izzo, a spokesperson for the Elwood school district said that several districts acknowledged receipt of the letter, but did not say which ones. Several Board of Education members have since told Northport Patch that they plan to attend.

The public is invited to a special consolidation workshop on Thursday, Jan. 6 in the auditorium at 7:30 p.m. to hear more on the subject.  Experts who have worked on the consolidation process in the past will be on hand to answer questions.  Information on the meeting can be found on the Elwood school district's home page.

The workshop comes at a key time. As part of its 2011-2012 state aid proposal, a Board of Regents committee approved the idea of a commission which would identify school districts that might benefit from consolidation. The complete proposal can be found on the New York State Education Department's website.

Patched Out 2 January 09, 2011 at 03:12 PM
I always wondered that too! I will check out these links. Thanks Mike.
Patched Out 2 January 09, 2011 at 03:19 PM
@ Mike, I had a chance to spead some time on the site and I do agree that it is more complimentary in nature than competitive as the sites have different focuses and intentions. Kudos to whomever is spending so much time in putting it together! The only question I have at this point is what does it mean where it says that Patch is not used as a source because they "edit comments"? If a comment is flagged as inappropriate and against the Terms of Service then yes it needs to be deleted so how can that be called "editing" comments?
Mike Field of Huntington Station January 09, 2011 at 03:46 PM
@KMD "The only question I have at this point is what does it mean where it says that Patch is not used as a source because they "edit comments"" I guess you will have to ask the people that put the site together that question. I just use it for research. I do research using many different search engines (paid and unpaid). That is what is so great about the internet. You never know what you are going to find and where you are going to find it. The other thing is that the information never goes away.
Patched Out 2 January 09, 2011 at 03:59 PM
Yep so all those lies that getting posted about community members are out there forever and obviously part of a little game that is more in line with high school behavior rather than adults exchanging meaningful dialogue. It is too bad that people have to behave like this because it may lead to sites like Patch one day having to close down the comments section which could be an asset to the community if used properly.
Patched Out January 09, 2011 at 04:47 PM
Kim no need to check with a dr or an attorney the facts are correct. Why don't you research youself I easily found it on the nytimes.com site. The story is disturbing! The govt let's people here illegally, the govt pays them benefits, the slumlords collect govt money on illegal housing and people, it all gets documented and we the dumb ass taxpayers PAY! Then other services have to clean up the mess when a tragedy hits and 4 people die. And again we the dumb ass tax payers pay estimated $65,000 to clean up the govt mess!

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