Alumni Call to Save the Warwick Elementary School

Alumni Call to Save the Warwick Elementary School

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Emily Stephens started this petition to The Pioneer Valley Regional School District School Committee

Do not close the Warwick Community School!  Closing the school is a mistake. This is a decision that will forever change Warwick and should not be done without more careful, thoughtful consideration.

In the face of a district wide budget deficit closing the Warwick Community School (WCS) has been proposed. This decision is in the hands of twelve school committee members who are scheduled to vote on Thursday, January 10th. 

A vote to do so is a short-sighted reaction to a long term problem. The business manager for the district has acknowledged that regardless of whether WCS is closed, district costs will continue to increase at a rate that will result in huge budget deficits. 

One of the key values of the education we received at WCS was the importance of persistence to realize our goals. Find a solution, don’t give up on the community.  Hastily closing the school would send the message to the students that dedication to achievement is not important. When mistakes are made, the true character of a community comes through by what is learned from failure.  How can growth happen when we give up?

Though we may not have recognized it at the time, we were privileged to attend this school during our formative years. Closing WCS would not simply shutter a building and send students to another town, it would to be the end of an exemplary and irreplaceable learning community. 

As the name implies, the Warwick Community School was created by the community as an investment in the community. To close the school without fully and creatively exploring all possible options to balance the budget is reckless. It would be a great loss to so many of us who passed through its classrooms, to future generations, and to the identity of the town as a whole. 

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