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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

"We're constantly talking about the new normal and this is it, the new normal" Josiah Bartlett Elementary School Principal Joe Voci

This story was in yesterday's Conway Daily Sun.  Due to declining enrollments at Kennett Middle School and Josiah Bartlett Elementary School ,  Josiah Bartlett Elementary School students will be allowed  to play seventh- and eighth-grade football and field hockey this fall with Kennett Middle School.
Per the article Principal Voci was quoted as saying  "The birth rate in New Hampshire is down; our school enrollment is down — look what has happened here in Bartlett in the last five years. We've gone from 385 kids now down to less than 200. Four years from now, unless things turn around, we'll be at around 150 (students in the K-8 school). We're going to go from 80 kids in the middle school down to 38, this is the tip of the iceberg. We can't offer everything but when the opportunity is right you try to do it and that means sharing resources."

5 comments:

Joe Cormier/jcormier2@myfairpoint.net said...

"new normal" — the sharing of resources "

"We're constantly talking about the new normal and this is it, the new normal," he said. "The birth rate in New Hampshire is down; our school enrollment is down "

Not just NH, or rural NH!

Should this be a surprise?

The younger folks are having kids later, and fewer of them, than the geezers did ... or none at all ... (I'm a geezer, so I'm allowed).

Boomers have/had one, or two, or three kids ... unless in some kind of sect that wants a lot of kids. Not many of them.

http://time.com/39500/census-more-deaths-fewer-births-in-u-s/

The "kid rate" is lower than before ... that's a surprise???!!!

The real surprise is the non-realization that the schools may be "overbuilt" for today's "kid rate".

Compound that with today's expectation that the schools/municipalities should provide for every kid's want and desire ... and everyone gets a trophy.

Before anyone goes off on "depriving" kids ...

We live in different times (new normal). There are reasons for "boomerang kids", and 26 year old "kids," qualifying for their parents medical insurance, while living at home.

How would "drafting" them(conscription, not athletics)into two year military tours, go over today ... and having them come back home in body bags ... before they reach 19 or 20 years old (young)?

The new normal is only normal for now, before the next, new normal.

Anonymous said...

The article is common sense but it doesn't apply to the "I want it and I want it now group" in Moultonboro. Let's face the facts. It costs them virtually nothing to have it all as the waterfront pays over 80% of the tax bill.

You Can Lead a Horse to Water said...

Moultonborough could learn a lesson from Bartlett & Conway. Both towns have figured it out and are doing what's in the best interest of the students. Susan Noyes, advised the School Board and Selectmen of what to expect with the "new normal" her first year as Superintendent. Unfortunately it fell on deaf ears.

Anonymous said...

Time to merge with Inter-Lakes before it is too late.

Richard Saunders said...

The more I read Joe Cormier's comments, the more I like his way of thinking.