Wednesday, March 01, 2000

Schools effort fights rumors

Meeting is today to answer questions

Enquirer Contributor

        MONROE — Leaders of the drive to form a new Monroe School District have scheduled one last community forum to answer questions and to quell rumors as the vote approaches.

        A forum on the plan to split from Middletown/Monroe Schools will begin at 7 p.m. todayat the Mount Pleasant Retirement Village, 210 Mount Pleasant Drive. Members of Monroe's Executive Committee will meet with residents in the community room in the apartments building, said Suzi Rubin, spokeswoman for the Executive Committee.

        After a presentation on the highlights of the new district and how it will be funded, the forum will be open to questions, Ms. Rubin said Tuesday.

        “I know the people in Monroe have some concerns,” Ms. Rubin said. “We haven't seen anyone campaigning against us. Our biggest opponent right now is rumor. There's some pretty bizarre stuff out there right now.”

        For example, Ms. Rubin said, there are no plans to fire teachers or cancel band at the high school, as rumored. Committees have recommended adding teachers if the new district is formed and have pledged to offer the same courses and after-school activities now available in the combined district, she said.

        “There's just little bits of misinformation out there,” Ms. Rubin said.

        If approved, the new district would begin operations July 1.


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