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Two Districts, Two Big ideas

With new leaders in place, school districts pursue new ideas.

In the space of a few weeks, we've seen two especially creative ideas sprout in the Huntington and South Huntington school districts.

Huntington Superintendent James W. Polansky wants to turn the Jack Abrams school into a magnet school focusing on .

South Huntington's Dave Bennardo plans to raise money for its programs through business partnerships and corporate sponsorships.

What do you think of the two ideas? Would you contribute ideas or your time to make them work?

Janet B. December 01, 2012 at 05:00 PM
It's great for the kids and great for the surrounding neighborhood. Win win for everyone, including those who prefer not to send their children there, and those who feel an underutilized school is a waste of taxpayers' money. Hope they can find some corporate sponsors, grants, etc.... I have no problem sending my children to the "Steve Jobs School!"
Concerned Resident December 01, 2012 at 06:51 PM
@Sandy says- If this were to be a high school, I might agree with you aabout the program helping to make our kids more competitively. But, from what I understand, the intention is for this school to incorporate elemenrtary and intermediate school students. while i I think the school would provide a lot of enrichment, I think it's a stretch to say it would ihelp make kids at this age more competitive in the workplace long term. As long as our kids only attand school for 180 days-less than half a year- US students will be struggling to be competitive against those from cother countries. And let's not forget that in other countries they track the students friom a young age. Usually by the end of elementary school, Based on an exam, it is decided whether a child will go to college, trade school, apprentice, etc. Unlike here, where ALL STUDENTS, regardless of academic performance, are required to be directed towards college, in other countries only the best performing students go to college. These are the students our kids compete against.
Concerned Resident December 01, 2012 at 08:07 PM
Sorry for all the typos. I am typing all my comments on a phone. No computer available.
Marie December 03, 2012 at 01:34 AM
What great ideas in both camps! I love the idea of a STEM school, whether or not in an unpopular area and whether or not in an under-utilized school. But both ideas make perfect sense. Keep coming up with these forward thinking plans.
leslie December 03, 2012 at 12:26 PM
Would the test scores for the STEM school be seperated out from the other schools?

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