Our schools are for our kids, not New Yorkers

FI-Letter-to-the-EditorTo the Editor

Four years ago I wrote a letter to the editor very dissatisfied that my daughter two years in a row was not able to attend the preschool program offered by Hamilton Avenue or New Lebanon School because there wasn’t enough room.

In my opinion the children coming from New York took space that belonged to our children, the children of Greenwich. Fast forward to today and we continue to fight for space for our children.

The morning of May 14 I stood out front of New Lebanon School and wrote down 21 New York license plate numbers that were dropping off children. If I am not mistaken, that is equivalent to one classroom. The fact that we had to even contemplate sending our 11-year-olds to school with teenagers or could send our children to a local church or library to be educated does not put a fire under the Board of Education is just ludicrous.

The town needs to address New Yorkers that are coming into our school system. Three cars were even so bold as to have a “proud parent” New Lebanon sticker on their cars. That is a bold slap in the face.

I have the full license plate numbers if the Board of Education is interested. It would take no more than three days to address these 21 cars. Step one, stop them as they drop off the children and get an address. Step two, visit the address and verify the child lives there, not just ask a person at the door. They should be able to see visible signs of the child’s occupancy. What is the difficulty in that?

If the child has a caregiver living in New York, such as I do, they need to register the plates in the office and advise the school of the full name and address of the caregiver, just as I did.

We all know New Lebanon is a wonderful school with an outstanding staff. But it is for Greenwich residents and I think Greenwich children need to come first. Sorry, Port Chester.

 

Kellye Bishop
Greenwich

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