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Schools’ plan makes grade

March 10, 2013

Leave it to northern Chautauqua County’s largest schools to come up with a solution to a problem affecting both districts. Simply put, the two entities did it by working together....

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Mar-12-13 10:47 PM

"sports, arts, music, etc."...

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Mar-12-13 10:46 PM

MERGING ACTUALLY WORKS WHEN REDUNDANT POSITIONS ARE ELIMINATED. this is the core problem with unionized school districts, other than the boards all make deals to keep the Supers on staff. Clearly, the kids are not No.1, and more like No. 1000, after all of the staff, janitors, lunch people, teachers, vacant positions, etc. otherwise, sports, arts,Merck. Wouldn't be the first things threatened when budgets tighten. DUH.

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Mar-12-13 7:49 PM

commentor and baseball - You folks are proof that you can lead your horse to water but you can't force it to drink! Do I have to tell you that businesses will not locate in high tax areas and yes - we have excessive taxes - among the highest in the country. So, what is it you don't understand? We graduate hundreds of our youth from Dunkirk and Fredonia high schools every year and every year they leave for greener pastures. So, what is it that you don't understand? I grew up in a vibrant City of Dunkirk with jobs and opportunity for everyone. Have you not noticed that the employers are gone and there is no one to replace them? What is it that you don't understand?

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Mar-12-13 4:51 PM

Sorry that should read "...wont solve everything....."

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Mar-12-13 4:50 PM


True, merging will solve everything if out of control spending isn't addressed, but it's at least it's a start.

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Mar-10-13 9:31 PM

HaveANiceDay - remember that population isn't a very good gauge regarding costs associated with running a community. Most of the cost is the infrastructure. Regardless of the population, the same streets, sidewalks, water and sewer lines, street lights, parks, etc. remain and need to be taken care of. Do people actually think that because the population of a particular steet went from 200 people, years ago, to 100 people today, that the street needs plowed half as often as it used to?

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Mar-10-13 2:28 PM

commentor,wake up frednia going down the drain,just more quiet anout,wake up!

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Mar-10-13 1:37 PM

Here is the bottom line. Population IS FALLING and neither community is willing to reduce the costs associated with that population loss. What the heck will merging do if we maintain the same Police force, Fire department, public works department, etc...As bad as it is in Fredonia, Dunkirk is worse. I will not attach myself to that sinking ship. I'm just counting the days til retirement so I can get out of this money pit!!!!

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Mar-10-13 1:16 PM

Thank you baseball!! Phil simply doesn't understand that just putting Dunkirk and Fredonia together will solve anything. When you grab on to a sinking ship you go down with it. Chaut Lake School is a perfect example. It was the thing to do. It was the solution to all the problems. Well guess was not!!! If Dk wants to save itself it should start thinking seriously about a casino on the lake. That may be the only solution. I don't know what Phil thinks is going to come to Dunkirk or a Dk/Fred merge. Wake up Phil....NO ONE IS COMING!!!! Please instead of your usual rant tell us exactly what possibilities are out there that the rest of us don't see!!!!!

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Mar-10-13 12:25 PM

phil,phil, phil "can" it will ya! Many places mergers have proven that they do not work. Look at chautauqua lake central, many empty classrooms and high school tax it did not work!

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Mar-10-13 12:18 PM

Is it just me, or is Dc counting more and more like Steiner each day?

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Mar-10-13 11:26 AM

Those who oppose merger of Dunkirk and Fredonia are simply ignoring the bigger picture. Neither community can survive the long term with the duplication of services, manpower and equipment. Many people simply don't understand that we are all in this boat together - we sink or sail together! We live in a very competitive world and the cost of government will eventually cause the demise of both communities. The key is investment in job creating commerce and industry. Until we become competitive there will be no private sector investment and our children and grandchildren will have no choice but to leave the area. If you find that to be acceptable then all you need do is continue opposition to consolidations and mergers.

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Mar-10-13 9:56 AM

We have heard from the vast intellegencia here. The trinity of eductaional banter. The big three of pedagogy. NOT! Herein lies the REAL reason there are few mergers, forward thinking citizens and general progress in our communities: the THREE STOOGES writing here and there ilk.

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Mar-10-13 8:44 AM

I love it -- Simple John "Ya-ya-yuuu make me haaa-haaa-haaaapppeee...."" D'Angostino and his clueless church lady gaggle OBSERVER board -- believe Fredonia, as a neat, picturesque, white-collar, tidy college town is "arrogant" for not wanting to merge, team have-any-single-thing-to-do with inner city Detroit, oops, er, Dunkirk.

Bad, bad Fredonia, for not wating to make Simple John haaa-haaa-haaaapppeee. Simple John needs to go back to frolicking at Point Gratriot chasing butterflies with a mallet, while is gaggle teams waddles around the park making guano contributions.

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Mar-10-13 7:26 AM

Fredonia should not blindly*****up with Dunkirk for everything. Dunkirk is circling the drain and looking for life savers. Why hook up with a drowning rat. If you want to go in business with someone you choose someone who is successful. Not someone ready to go into bankruptcy. As for this hook up I don't see any big benefit to taxpayers. It's a freeloader program so they hooked up to get the "free" grant money.....big deal.

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Mar-10-13 1:38 AM

The only arrogance is the editor and his comments!

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