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School reopening brings high cost



Published: Mon, June 23, 2014 @ 12:05 a.m.

General fund to pay for Discovery 2 program

By Denise Dick

denise_dick@vindy.com

YOUNGSTOWN

It will cost more than $900,000 for the city school district to reopen the old Volney Rogers school building as a Discovery School program next year.

The money — $577,000 in personnel and $336,000 in utilities, materials, supplies and equipment — will come from the general fund.

Treasurer James Reinhard said the district can afford it as long as those expenses are offset in other areas, something he says the district has time to devise.

“I hope we get kids to come back” to the district, said Superintendent Connie Hathorn.

More students means more money from the state.

The school, on South Schenley Avenue on the city’s West Side, closed this year as part of a district restructuring plan.

It will reopen next year, though, as Discovery 2 at Volney, a program for third- through eighth-grade students, offering specialty courses in Spanish, engineering/math, visual arts, performing arts, investigative science and creative communications in addition to core curriculum classes.

It’s part of the Youngstown City School District Academic Distress Commission’s plan to offer more choice to students with the belief that if students have a choice in what they study, their achievement will improve.

Discovery at Kirkmere opened this past school year, and Discovery 3 at East is planned for this fall, although that program will be slightly different from the other two, including a career component rather than the art and music pieces.

Richard Atkinson, school board president, expects the board to talk about the costs of reopening the school at this week’s meeting. Board member Michael Murphy, chairman of the finance and business committee, said it’s on the agenda for today’s committee meeting.

Jacqueline Adair, board member, said she wants to know how the school’s reopening will affect the overall district budget.

“We’ve not had an opportunity yet to discuss it either in the finance committee or in the full board for me to decide if I want to go forward with that,” she said.

The costs include iPads, laptops and desktop computers, a dance floor and mirrors for the dance room.

Besides the $577,000 in new personnel costs for Discovery 2, current teachers from other schools also will move to the new school building. The cost of existing personnel who will move to the new building is $690,000, according to a district analysis.


Comments

1Not_Gilligans_Ginger(128 comments)posted 2 months, 1 week ago

I hope to heaven they do something with Volney. As a property owner whose taxes are among the highest in Youngstown, it perturbs me a great deal that a brand new school has been left sitting with no purpose other than to give geese a bathroom on which to leave their feces. I walk in the evening for exercise and occasionally peek through the front doors. Occasionally I see ladders set up in the entrance-way or carts in the main hall. It makes me curious as to exactly who is doing what in that school and why???

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2kensgirl(590 comments)posted 2 months ago

Whatever happened to starting school in kindergarten and just working your way up to 12th grade - the old fashioned way. Why are short cuts and detours made for inner city kids? I just heard today that most inner city kids entering first grade don't even know what a pencil or piece of paper is! Their moms can afford fake nails, tattoos and expensive cell phones but can't buy their kids pen and paper? Speaks volumes for their parenting skills. I guess mom is too busy with her latest boy toy to ever teach her kid how to read and write. It's just learned helplessness . And laziness.

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3Silence_Dogood(1333 comments)posted 2 months ago

The very best resource a parent has is the public library, and it's FREE.

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4MaryG(26 comments)posted 2 months ago

Yes, it's very frustrating to see this behavior kensgirl but the children are the ones who suffer. We can't abandon a child.

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5zz3(931 comments)posted 2 months ago

Shortcuts are for the population Thugstown is left with. They can make up names all they want but the cockroaches could care less about school as seen by our current school system!! You can't fix stupid1 They have their goals set at a lifetime of Entitlements!! You could put up whole block of schools in Thugstown! If some so make it to 12th grade they usually have kids to take care of by then anyway. Oh sorry, for the working to pay for

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6steivo(445 comments)posted 2 months ago

Just pouring good money after bad money down a bottomless pit. Its not about new schools with fancy new equipment. They should focus their effort on more prison time for law breakers and then education would flourish.

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7triciafloyd52(12 comments)posted 2 months ago

it bothers me greatly that so many comments are so prejudicial. it is the job of the teacher to stimulate the child to learn. we can not depend or expect a parent to do that job if they do not know how. the teacher is paid to know how and there is no excuse of poverty, race, parental input or anything else. the child's job is to learn and the teacher's job is to teach. schools have nothing to do with prisons or that pocket of money spent on prisons. schools are very important to the growth of a community. the schools effect whether a business will locate in an area, the real-estate values in an area , even the crime in an area. from some of the comments made ,some of you need to get educated to the facts. if you don't want a child in the system for life, help them find their way out through education

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8steivo(445 comments)posted 2 months ago

You really don't get it. So long as kids can make thousands and thousands of dollars selling drugs, they are just not going to be interested in education no matter how good of a job the teachers do to teach them or how new the schools. The teachers can stimulate all they want and the kids only thought is how much money they can make on their next drug deal. The only way is to throw the drug dealers into prison for longer and longer prison sentences. Then the kids will find a way to get an education so that they can land a job.

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9zz3(931 comments)posted 2 months ago

Steivo good comment. This section of the population Nationwide could care less about school!! Just look at the crime stats. But they are in such DEEP DENIAL this will never sink in with them no matter what

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10Not_Gilligans_Ginger(128 comments)posted 2 months ago

Triciafloyd52, parents are the caretakers of their children during the initial formative years. As a teacher, I can honestly tell you that children are not coming to kindergarten prepared with the basics if they haven't attended pre-school or Head Start or if their parents have taken time to read with them, count with them, play with them, basically just taking an ACTIVE role in the child's life. Do you know the roles that teachers play in addition to academic teaching, Tricia? We are also their nurses, psychologists, we teach etiquette, how to fasten their zippers and buttons, we teach morality, and so many other things some parents just never bothered to address with their children. A few years back a 6th grader stole candy from the teacher's desk. The grandmother of the 6th grader told the teacher it was the teacher's job to teach her grandchild not to steal. This is REALITY so you can chill with your rhetoric about prejudice. We're pretty tired of hearing it as teachers.

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