Supporting the notion to 'tuition out' George F. Baker High School students

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On Nov. 15, the Tuxedo Board of Education will vote on keeping the high school open or "tuitioning out" the students to neighboring high schools (Monroe-Woodbury, Suffern, Ramsey and Northern Highlands).

The facts regarding George F. Baker High School (GFB) are as follows:

• High school enrollment is not expected to grow: today there are 58 Tuxedo students in grades 9 to 12.

• Over 50 percent of the high school aged children in our district (60) have chosen not to attend GFB this year.

• The consultants affirm that GFB is a good school and provides a good academic education, but comparative data indicates that GFB significantly lags behind the potential neighboring school choices.

• There are extensive opportunities for participation in clubs, sports and social activities at the neighboring school choices that Tuxedo does not offer.

• According to the consultants, were our children "tuitioned out," we would save between 6 and 12 percent on school taxes

The District's plan to increase enrollment by attracting out of district students is clearly not working. We need a solution for Tuxedo, not an alternative for children in surrounding communities to consider.

We are asking the Board to carefully consider all the facts noted above and in the consultant's report in their decision-making and to put aside their own personal situations, emotion and nostalgia when voting on the future of GFB.

After analyzing all the information, we believe that the best course of action for our students and community is to "tuition out" the GFB students to neighboring schools and provide a choice regarding which school they attend.

The School Board and Administration can then focus on making the elementary/middle school even better than it is today.

Respectfully submitted,

Concerned Citizens of Tuxedo

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