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POLL: Are You Considering Another School District For Your Child?

A local resident recently wrote he would not be sending his children to Richfield Public Schools.

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While some locals are still reeling after the Richfield School Board to reconsider , others may just simply not care.

The Sun Current recently ran a Letter to the Editor from Richfield resident Mike Ryan who says he doesn't care about budget cuts and lights spending—his kids will not be enrolling in Richfield Public Schools.

"My children will use open enrollment to attend the nearby, much higher ranked public schools. That is, if we can’t move to a better school district first," Ryan wrote. "I keep hearing the local politicians say they want to entice higher income families to Richfield. But why would anyone purchase a home in Richfield when for a similar home and comparable price they could purchase a home in the St. Louis Park, West Bloomington, or the further out suburbs with a much better school district? Until Richfield begins taking even simple steps to repair it’s once highly regarded schools, they might as well forget about trying to entice any families to Richfield."

It's no secret that Richfield schools have been struggling with money and an achievement gap the past few years. And while showed an increase in elementary and middle school students from 2010, numbers declined by 28 at the high school.

So, Richfield Patch asks: With the 2012-13 school year looming, are you considering schools outside the district? Or are you standing behind Richfield Public Schools?

Take our poll below and share your thoughts in the comments section.

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Matt Jurewicz August 05, 2012 at 05:09 PM
Kaye: can you share what this crime element is you speak of and where you got that information?
Kirsten August 07, 2012 at 01:48 AM
Wow, this has been a really great discussion! The only thing that I would have to add is this: for people concerned about budget cuts in the Richfield schools, make sure you get out and support the referendum in the fall. This will allow the schools to help the students achieve even greater successes. Great schools are an important community asset. Not just for families with kids, but for the whole community.
Jackie Hughes August 07, 2012 at 06:32 PM
I have a hard time using test scores to compare schools. I don't think that we should compare Richfield schools to other schools based on the test scores as each school has a different student make-up. How are our white students, or ESL, or minority, or free/reduced lunch students doing compared to their counterpart in other schools? When we break down the scores into like groups how do we compare then? When I view those scores I look at how my 2 sons are doing and progressing compared to the district and the state. My sons are doing well and love going to their respective schools (RMS and STEM). Their teachers and opportunities have been great. I don't think that my sons would have any better opportunities or experiences in another district or charter school. How do I feel about the lights at the baseball field? I don't know, I can go both directions on this issue, but, since the field is being updated now (via grant) it makes sense to me to add lights now rather than later. But, here are my questions - how is/was this money going to be used if we don't use it on lights, what other options were being considered for this money, will the lights help bring in income for the schools?
Caitlin Burgess August 07, 2012 at 06:44 PM
Hi Jackie. I think I can answer your lights questions. The district was not anticipating that the turf field revenues would be so high. Originally it was thought that about $50,000 would come in each year and it would be put in a fund for maintenance and the eventual replacement of the field. That figure is almost double now. Since there was "extra money" coming in, it was decided this could be used in addition to the grant to add the lights to the baseball field. The baseball lights have the potential to bring in money if the district decides to rent the field out. (There hasn't been any word on this yet.) While the money was unanticipated, the argument not to install the lights relates to recent budget cuts and layoffs. The rent money is considered operating money and could be used in the classrooms. I hope this helps. Here's the first story on the lights controversy: http://patch.com/A-vtn8
Caitlin Burgess August 08, 2012 at 05:07 PM
FYI - if you missed this this morning, here are details on the referendum questions. http://patch.com/A-wHG9

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