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Hearing on Village Park Closure Held

A hearing on the possible closure of Village Park Elementary School was held recently. What's your take?

Before the Pennsbury School Board, administrators and members of the local community, Marta Grothman recalled her fond memories of attending Village Park Elementary School in the Levittown section of Falls.

She recollected about her first day and taking part in the school’s opening ceremony. She recalled her brown pigtail hairstyle and all of her teachers.

Grothman, who currently is a music instructor at the school, was one of roughly a dozen people who spoke during public comment at Thursday night’s public hearing on the likely closure of the Unity Drive school.

Other parents testified about the helpful and nurturing staff. Some praised the close-knit community that surrounds the school, where a large segments of students walk to and from.

When Arlene Smith’s child began attended Village Park, she was most concerned about the open learning environment the school features.

“I want to thank those teachers for the gift they gave my child of developing life skills and providing education for the real world,” she told the board.

Parent Ettie Petroski said the open learning classroom design was a benefit to students and gives them the opportunity comparable to working in a fast-paced office environment.

Superintendent Dr. Kevin McHugh told the gathered crowd of about 200 that closing the school would save the district $892,216 in personnel costs and a minimum of $100,000 in utility costs.

Over the next 5 years, McHugh said, the district is expected to save $6.4 million if Village Park is closed.

He said the decision to close the school was made by Elementary Enrollment and Space Utilization Committee based on costs and enrollment numbers.

Village Park employees about 30 staff members. Most of their jobs are expected to be reduced through attrition, district officials said.

Ahead of the meeting, a group of Pennsbury teachers protested the closure outside the Pennsbury High School campus.

What's your opinion on the the closure of Village Park? Tell us in the comment section below!

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michelle February 02, 2013 at 01:36 PM
I'm saddened by the closure... My children go to this school and we all love it. I think the district is making a big mistake!
Chris Taylor Jr February 03, 2013 at 05:54 AM
ONLY if our taxes will go down. they keep going up. if they are running fewer schools I want to know where my freaking $5400 a year in "SCHOOL TAXES" are going.

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