Thursday, November 15, 2012

Online Petition For Merritt Island School Gains Support

MERRITT ISLAND, Florida - A parent from a local magnet school has started an online petition to try and convince Brevard Public Schools to remove that school from its potential closure list.  The petition organizer is Lily Fredrickson of Rockledge.  Gardendale Elementary Magnet School is in Merritt Island.

"I am completely surprised and delighted at the long distance petitioners from around the world, parents of graduated students and graduated students," Fredrickson said.  "Most have left messages regarding the uniqueness of Gardendale's offering."
The petition can be linked at http://www.change.org/petitions/brevard-county-school-board-keep-gardendale-elementary-open-2.  As of Thursday evening, the petition had nearly 500 supporters since it was initiated on Wednesday.
One petition signer, Catherine Bosard of Cape Canaveral, wrote, “The GEMS faculty treats each child as a unique individual and develops a unique path AKA our "CHOICE program" for each student. Many of the well-respected Teachers at Gardendale have devoted their whole career and life to this school. At Gardendale Elementary Magnet School, we believe in our community coming together as one to provide high standards and expectations in order to result in quality performance.”
The petition contains a letter written from school principal Terri Moeller to the school board.
“Located in the midst of low income housing on Merritt Island and one of Brevard County's first magnet programs, it was/is so successful in achieving its goals that we no longer qualify for additional magnet grants and our free/reduced lunch rate no longer qualifies us to receive Title I funding. Our enrollment has defied the
projections and continues to grow,” it says in part.
On November 9th, BPS Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian Binggeli targeted four Brevard schools for closure to help close a budget gap after a proposed sales tax increase failed in the November elections.  The other schools are Sea Park Elementary in Satellite Beach, Clearlake Middle School in Cocoa, and South Lake Elementary in Titusville.
The recommendation will be made formally at a November 20 school board meeting in Viera.

8 comments:

  1. I can't believe Brevard county residents voted against a 1/2 cent increase in sales tax. Maybe we should have a separate vote due to the long set of ammendments?

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    1. We need an intelligence test tied to voter registration I suppose.

      For as long as I can remember pennies have been good for little other than collecting in a jar or car ashtray. What kind of ignorant, greedy fools vote NO when the school needs help?

      Sad, Disgusting, typical tea-bagger actions are how I describe it.

      One HALF of a penny people...

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    2. People that are sick of their taxes going up. So which are in the brevard public school system do you two tools work?

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    3. also dork dude, they'd round it up at the cash register making it a full cent on the last half. Doesn't really effect me because I buy most my stuff over internet. Fools in Seminole county agreed to millage rate hike and now going to get screwed even more on their property taxes.

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  2. My daughter, Sophia, is proud to be a SPECIAL GEM at Gardendale Elementary Magnet School. I am proud to be a GEM's parent/volunteer, involved in many of the wonderful programs at Gardendale Elementary Magnet School. Gardendale has the most dedicated Teachers, Staff and Administrators I have ever had the pleasure to meet and the opportunity to work with as a volunteer. The GEMS faculty treats each child as a unique individual and develops a unique path AKA our "CHOICE program" for each student. Many of the well-respected Teachers at Gardendale have devoted their whole career and life to this school. At Gardendale Elementary Magnet School, we believe in our community coming together as one to provide high standards and expectations in order to result in quality performance. Our GEMS shine all year long, and we, parents/teachers/staff, all come together to polish our young creative children's minds and nurture their growth. We believe that success and self-esteem go hand in hand. As a community and as a family, we/parents/students/staff/teachers at Gardendale Elementary Magnet School, are preparing our beloved children to be productive citizens. This collaborative effort is a strong force that should be acknowledged not dismissed. This decision will not only affect Gardendale Elementary Magnet school, it will also create overcrowding in many of the nearby Elemantary Schools. SOPHIA AND I LOVE GARDENDALE ELEMENTARY MAGNET SCHOOL! I WILL TEACH MY DAUGHTER THAT IT IS SO IMPORTANT TO STAND UP AND FIGHT FOR WHAT SHE LOVES!!!

    Please Show Your Support!!! Thank you!!!

    -Catherine Bossard - FIGHT FOR GEMS

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  3. The glaring questions to me is:

    Why specifically did she target these schools? Upon what criteria were they evaluated and identified for closure?

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