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Residents debate schools staying open in JSASD | News, Sports, Jobs


JERSEY SHORE — Although it was not specifically on the agenda, the topic of closing or not closing schools in the Jersey Shore Area School District, became the most discussed issue during the board of directors capital projects committee meeting.

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A few district residents attending the meeting got the subject out in the open as one man asked the committee to “look at the needs versus the wants,” when it came to this particular issue.

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“I’m not an advocate for closing schools, except that when you can’t justify keeping a school open because of declining enrollment then there has to be some kind of adjustment,” said district resident Steve Helm, who also added that he felt it was the committee’s job to forward that idea to the entire school board.

After discussing this issue, and other agenda items, during the meeting which lasted two hours, the board decided to have work sessions later this summer to focus on whether to close or not close any district school buildings. The dates will be advertised prior to occurring.

The options outlined by Kinley, which he would like discussed at those meetings were: Continue as is with all schools open; close Avis Elementary and leave the remaining schools open; close Salladasburg Elementary and leave the remaining schools open; close both Avis and Salladasburg.

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Committee member and school board president Mary Thomas added that she wants the discussion to include reconfiguration of grades in the present buildings.

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