Small district not ‘top notch’

Some small school officials continue to not be honest with themselves or those they serve.

Consider the Sherman Central Schools, a 460-student district with an $8.8 million budget that includes a 4 percent tax increase. After passing the budget, Superintendent Kaine Kelly talked about increased distance learning opportunities that will boost the quality of education being offered by the district.

“We feel very strongly that these types of moves, along with creative shared services, are what is going to keep Sherman Central School able to offer a top-notch education to our students,” Kelly said.

No district with 460 students is providing “top-notch education.” It is more likely to be a bare-bones curriculum.

Sherman would be better served in working toward a merger or being part of a group lobbying for a regional high school. But lack of a vision in the community is holding this district back.

At least Brocton and Westfield have acknowledged the issue of dwindling funds and lower enrollments by being part of merger discussion. That is a responsible and proactive approach.

But continuing to boost one of the smallest districts in the county – in terms of student enrollment – as being “top notch” is only denial.