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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?

2 Turn Tables December 01, 2012 at 02:03 PM
I am confused. Wasn't the genesis of the problem crime in the surrounding area? Has that been neutralized?
Concerned Resident December 01, 2012 at 03:33 PM
Making Jack Abrams a magnet school is a brilliant idea . The community is divided. Many people feel uncomfortable sending their kids to school in that neighborhood; because of the ceime,; others don't. People who live in the neighborhood feel thatt keeping the achool closed encourages more crime and causes their property values to drop. Before the school was closed, many people voiced the opinion that letting people decide whether to send their kids to Abrams (or not) would make everyone happy. The STEM magnet school , the way it's presented, would allow that to happen. In addition, the achool will offer an enriched program, and because it will be selective in terms of who attends, children who go there may be perceived as having higher status (at least in their parents eyes). There most certainly will be parents who didn't want to send their kids there who will easily "forget" the crime problem if their kids will get the opportunity to attend this "elite" school. I would not be one of them, but I think it's a brilliant idea, and I would wholeheartedly support it. Ir will most certainly contribute to improving Huntington Station .
Sandy Says December 01, 2012 at 03:52 PM
I would absolutely support Superintendent Polansky's initiative for a STEM magnet school. Mr. Polansky, at the last board meeting, told community shareholders of the plans for him and his team to investigate funding through corporate sponsors, grants and partnerships with higher Ed. Institutions. I believe the benefits to this program to be bigger than raising public opinion of Huntington Station, this program and programs like these have the potential to allow students to be more prepared to be competitive with the global community across the board.
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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