Just when I though I saw it all...
For the record, I can say that I have never witnessed an event as the last Jersey Shore School Board meeting that was held on Feb. 13. Now, before people criticize my article, you had to have been there to see it! I am convinced that there are a small group of people within the school, whether board members or administration, who want to close a school ... period.
It is clear there are members of the board who just do not know what drove the decision. Is it costs, enrollment, both or what? I heard some strong arguments from the taxpayers discussing enrollment, class size, redirecting loan money to put into existing schools instead of closing one.
I even witnessed school board members wanting to meet to discuss the cost savings in public and they were told no.
Now, if that isn't some fishy politics, now what is? I admit that I am not an avid attender of the meetings but anyone with common sense could sense that this issue could be portrayed as being a "railroad job."
Back to the ghosts... one of the board members stated the taxpayers he represents are in favor of closing a school. Guess what? Of the 80 people in the room, one or two where in favor of closing! I wonder if the "ghosts" really know that this type of thing happens in a public meeting. What happens behind closed doors?
In the end, our district will survive and we will move on. It is very sad though, that the children being directly affected by closing a school cannot stand up and voice their concerns. Maybe I can go to the next meeting and speak for the children. Would you classify them as "ghosts?"