Photo by Ed Bailey
Carolyn McAteer reads the petition at Wednesday's school board meeting, asking the Greenwood Lake Board of Education to reconsider its decision about parental choice and include Tuxedo with Chester and Warwick. On McAteer's left is Lena Buckley.
GREENWOOD LAKE — Community members presented this petition to the Greenwood Lake Board of Education on Wednesday night. They were hopeful to get 500 signatures; they got 647 people to sign it. Here’s the wording of the petition:
FORMAL PETITION TO THE GREENWOOD LAKE BOARD OF EDUCATION TO INCLUDE GEORGE F. BAKER HIGH SCHOOL IN THE THREE SCHOOL CHOICE OPTION
WHEREAS on April 25, 2012, Dr. Brockel introduced the concept of Three School Choice at a meeting of the Greenwood Lake Board of Education and described how well school choice had worked in his regional school district in New Jersey and WHEREAS Greenwood Lake Board of Education President, Laura Williams stated, at that same meeting, that the Three School Choice option would provide the Greenwood Lake community with an opportunity for healing and WHEREAS Greenwood Lake Board of Education Vice President, Ron Sommer, proposed the Three School Choice option for a vote with President Williams. Vice President Sommer and Member John Finn all voting in the affirmative and WHEREAS then Board of Education candidate, Greg Gibel, signed a petition in May, 2012 asking the Greenwood Lake Board of Education to rescind the proposed referendum for a vote on negotiating with Tuxedo only so that voters could learn more about the Three School Choice option and WHEREAS Candidate Gibel campaigned on a platform of Three School Choice and WHEREAS members of the Greenwood Lake community have communicated to the Greenwood Lake Board of Education that, when asked to sign the aforementioned petition, they were told that all three schools would be included and WHEREAS that petition was accepted by the Greenwood Lake Board of Education as a reason to cancel the June 19, 2012, referendum and WHEREAS Dr. Brockel stated via email to Tuxedo Superintendent Carol Lomascolo on July 12, 2012, that a roll over of Tuxedo’s current tuition of $13,900 would keep Tuxedo as a viable option and allow the long standing relationship between Tuxedo and Greenwood Lake to continue and WHEREAS Dr. Brockel, after receiving Tuxedo’s revised tuition proposal, the requested rollover of $13,900 stated, “I think Tuxedo has shown good faith discussion and has moved in a positive direction and WHEREAS It could reasonably have been concluded by Greenwood Lake residents that the Three School Choice Option was what the Greenwood Lake Board of Education would approve and WHEREAS the Greenwood Lake Board of Education has already established the precedent of receiving a petition from its constituents and using it as a basis for changing a previous decision THEREFORE We, the undersigned residents of Greenwood Lake, petition the Greenwood Lake Board of Education to reconsider their high school choice decision and vote to include George F. Baker High School as one of the three high school options