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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 January 06, 2011 at 02:19 AM
Because I believe you have to touch the lines of the district and Huntington#3 does not.
Mike Field of Huntington Station January 06, 2011 at 02:26 AM
There is more information about school consolidation at the following site: http://www.ourhsny.com/index.php?title=Schools
really? January 06, 2011 at 05:46 AM
please! Northport has enough of its own problems! Can you imagine the gang rivalry if the two combined? Not to mention the level of educaton here is bad enough already! And then to throw the station in the mix? Unheard of!
Debbie Sullivan January 06, 2011 at 10:54 AM
Hi Kristin: Thanks for posting. This is all in the exploratory stage at this point. Elwood is just reaching out to surrounding communities as a response to their own financial concerns.
Debbie Sullivan January 06, 2011 at 10:55 AM
Hi Mike: Interesting information. Thanks for posting.
Debbie Sullivan January 06, 2011 at 11:01 AM
Thanks for posting, KMD. You're quite right. Elwood is exploring the possibility of merging with another district. I cover the Northport-E Northport school district why is why it's written from that point of view.
Denise Gianatasio January 06, 2011 at 11:55 AM
I am a( Substitute Teacher) for the Elwood District and a (Graduate of Northport) I think both are extremely good districts . If there is a problem...we need to find solutions.
Marg January 06, 2011 at 12:51 PM
Excellent Interesting information Debbie thank you..for keeping us informed!!!
Jerry Hannon January 06, 2011 at 04:20 PM
For KMD Besides the Huntington SD, Cold Spring Harbor SD was also not contacted; current State law requires that merging districts be contiguous (at some point) and Elwood is primarily surrounded by Harborfields, Northport, Commack, and Half Hollow Hills, and at a very small corner of its district by South Huntington.
Patched Out 2 January 06, 2011 at 04:26 PM
Looks like you were right on this Nick.
really? January 06, 2011 at 07:00 PM
At no point does elwood sd even touch ds#3 which would explain why they weren't notified. Apparently Northport was the only district to even respond to the letter.
Nick Metrowsky January 07, 2011 at 11:27 PM
Wow. I was raised in the Elwood School District and for years that district has been one of the top performers academically. It still is very good, judging from the 2010 State Report card. Before Elwood John H. Glenn HS was built, in 1962, high school students had to go to Walt Whitman HS. So, there was some association with the South Huntington district. It would hard to imagine the 200 or so students in Elwood being part of Commack, Northport, south Huntington ro Half Hollow Hills. The logical consolidation would be with the equally small Harborfields district to teh north; if consolidate at all. One has to wonder about the reason, not enough taxes. When I checked recently. the house I grew up in was nearly $12000/year in property taxes fro a house assesed at about $320,000. One has to ask where does the money go?
Krista B. January 08, 2011 at 02:08 AM
http://www.schooldigger.com/ Based on test scores, arguably not the only consideration that should be made when comparing school districts, but an important metric not to be ignored. Out of 640 school districts in NY state: Harborfields - 41 Commack - 72 HHH - 54 Northport - 106 Elwood - 120 All in the top 20% of the state. Things could be a lot worse! P.S. Good job Harborfields!
Patched Out 2 January 08, 2011 at 11:08 PM
Copycat! I see you had to put up your own site now since you learned about www.portraitofalostneighborhood.org! I guess you arent interested in working together but rather want to create competition!
Mike Field of Huntington Station January 08, 2011 at 11:29 PM
I guess I missed the information on school consolidation on that site, or did I. I found this site (ourhsny.com) through an internet search. There seems to be quite a bit more information at this site than the one you are doing. Sorry you are jealous of it though. The two sites seem more complimentary than copies of each other.
Patched Out January 09, 2011 at 12:13 AM
AAA YUP, Only post facts!
Patched Out January 09, 2011 at 12:39 AM
Hey Mike I just checked out the site it is very interesting have to use it more often for researching....I just check some info on the portraitofalostneighborhood.org I will look at it some more but there timeline is even wrong. They have the fire that killed 4 and a little girl in Huntington Station listed as 2000 funny as I am writing an article on this exact thing where I state the facts and also my opinion to the costs surrounding the fire the $50,000+ the fire cost the tax payers directly and the $187,000 of school usage for the $4800 and the most likely state benefits received by the 5 families and 29 people living in that illegal debacle to about $234,000 per year. The date of that was May 2nd 1999.
Patched Out 2 January 09, 2011 at 04:39 AM
@ Mike, Jealous? Sorry, NOT! @ Nick, Ok I will double check with Dr. Al and Attorney Keith Brown on that potential mistake on the timeline. Thanks.
Patched Out 2 January 09, 2011 at 04:41 AM
: )
Patched Out 2 January 09, 2011 at 04:47 AM
@ Mike What terms did you put into google that the site ourhsny.com came up?
Patched Out January 09, 2011 at 05:31 AM
Kristin- amen
Patched Out January 09, 2011 at 05:31 AM
You have now idea.....
Mike Field of Huntington Station January 09, 2011 at 11:19 AM
Google is not the only way to search on the internet.
Mike Field of Huntington Station January 09, 2011 at 12:31 PM
I always wondered what Union Free meant in a school district title. In the following document on pages 2-4 there are descriptions of the different types of districts (union free does not mean they have no unions). http://tinyurl.com/1999ReorgStudy The following document has a historical description of school districts and their reorganization in New York. This is great for the history buffs like me. http://tinyurl.com/1958masterPlanReorgStudy
Patched Out 2 January 09, 2011 at 03:11 PM
Ok so please enlightment me then how to do the search then to get it to come up.
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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