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JFK Parents Plan 'Save Our School' Fundraiser

Parents and teachers at John F. Kennedy Magnet School hope their counterparts at Port Chester's other schools are inspired to hold their own fundraisers.

They've thousands of letters to Albany, delivered impassioned pleas to school leaders and braced for meant to seal Port Chester's $2.1 million school budget gap.

But Port Chester's parents and students say they want to do more than simply wait for a fiscal miracle or from New York State.

"After the big [school board] on the eighth, parents were coming up to me and saying, 'Can we donate? Can we do something?'" said Terry Taylor, a parent and member of the JFK Early Learning Center's PTA.

On Friday, parents and kids will team up for a "Save Our School" fund-raiser at . JFK's Early Learning Center is one of several programs that could be slashed to make up the $2.1 million budget gap.

To raise money and awareness, kids will wear pajamas to school on Friday, and their families will make direct donations to the school district. The Early Learning Center was founded in 2008 to alleviate overcrowding at Port Chester's elementary schools and bring the district's youngest children under one roof and one program.

If ELC becomes a casualty of the budget process, those kids will be returned to overcrowded classrooms at Edison, and elementary schools.

"It's going to have a snowball effect as they move up through the grades," Taylor said.

Parents and organizers at JFK hope their counterparts at other schools in the district will be inspired to start their own fund-raisers. Supporters can donate by signing checks to Port Chester Public Schools and sending them to JFK Magnet School c/o the JFK PTA.

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Bob March 12, 2012 at 01:58 PM
The school budget is outr of control. As a realtor I can't tell you how many potential home buyers steered clear of PC because of the schools and taxes. There has to be ways to cut costs without impacting education. Latest Westchester Magazine rated local schools and PC did not fare well in 4 yr graduation rate or children attendhing college. The bumber on the face of it looked average but the difference was those attending 2 yr schools vs 4 yr. Compared to other districts PC did poorly. Even Yonkers and Mt Vernon, areas where you would think were worse, wer not in many areas. The BOE has to change its philosophy by thinking throwing money at a system will fix it.
Blogger March 12, 2012 at 04:16 PM
@Bob - When you complain about high school taxes, you have to consider the tax base in Port Chester. We lack the corporations and commercial entities (without PILOT agreements) of surrounding districts. Homeowners bear the brunt of PC taxes. As for the district and its spending, PC has the lowest per pupil spending around by a long shot. It is not accurate to say that PC is throwing money at the system. We are a fat-free district at this point. There is no way to cut costs without impacting education when a district is as lean as PC. Other districts are just now cutting things that PC cut long ago. If you are a realtor, try helping PC out by emphasizing the positives.
TONY March 12, 2012 at 06:49 PM
I AM TRYING TO SELL MY HOUSE AND SOON AS THE BUYERS SEE THE BAD SCHOOLS AND HIGH TAXES THEY BOLT TO OTHER TOWNS!!! I MADE THE MISTAKE OF BUILDING MY HOUSE HERE IN 1997 AND WISH I CAN TURN BACK TIME.THIS TOWN IS NOT THE SAME ANYMORE AND TAXES GO UP EVERY YEAR WITH NOTHING TO SHOW FOR! !! LIKE IT OR NOT THE SCHOOLS IN THIS TOWN SINK AND THATS WHY I HAVE TO LEAVE.
Cadeyrn March 12, 2012 at 09:45 PM
I sympathize with Tony. School taxes frighten would be buyers. Who would ever imagined that monthly school taxes would rival monthly mortgage payments? But that's what we have here ... and without the yet achieved reputation of top tier schools. There's ample blame: the feds for not respecting our immigration laws, the state for its decades of mandate madness and teacher unions who now seem intractable and hardly empathetic of the very folks who pay their salaries. ALL schools have mangled the original mission of public education. Schools are now charged with responsibilities that should be the domain of parents. Taxpayers did not sign on to miracle centers ... we signed on to the right to a fundamental education.
David Haggerty March 13, 2012 at 01:42 AM
How about laying of some administrators instead of teachers and I disagree that our schools or poor my kids are florising at Edison !

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