Year-round school a solution for P.I.?
Here's a comment from a reader who can't join us at the P-B Dialogues in Pine Island tonight, 5:30 p.m. at the Seniors Center:
I read your article about the upcoming meeting in P.I. I wanted to attend but unfortunately I have to work but wanted to raise a couple of ideas for you to bring to the meeting. Space has been the primary concern in wanting to build a new school. I have not heard the idea of "year round" schooling raised or brought to the publics attention. Approx. 33% more room would immediately be available if this program were developed. The same time off would be available for vacations, teacher development / business meetings ect. but it would be at different times year round. This program would also allow for different areas of the school to become available for repairs and updating when students are on break. Another advantage is reduction of summer slide in which children become overly board and forget half of what they learned over a 3 month absents. Of course air cond. might have to be installed, but would be a far less expensive option for Pine Island residents, without the financial help of any another community, building an entirely new school.
If in the end the school becomes too old, outdated or small to serve the residents of Pine Island, maybe it's an option to shut the school down and bus the kids to one of the Rochester public schools.