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Fredonia board modifies proposed sports complex

October 22, 2013

The proposed sports complex as part of Fredonia Central School’s EXCEL Capital Project for the Main Street campus may look a bit different than what was originally proposed....

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Christopher

Oct-25-13 2:23 PM

Persistence pays off. What I found is this, Fredonia's High School has a slightly upward abewration, so adding all 4 grades it comes up to 137 students per grade, but that's an AVERAGE. From 8th grade on down to Kindergarten, each and every class averages approximately 91 students. If what I was told is correct and the Freshman Class is of that same size, any so-called growth is a fluke, not a trend, and Fredonia cannot maintain anything resembling it's glorious past with class sizes of just over 90 students.

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Christopher

Oct-25-13 2:07 PM

By the way, I'm not the most computer literate person in the world, but I couldn't find anything online that gave out class numbers K-12. I'm surprised at that, actually.

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Christopher

Oct-25-13 2:06 PM

Well baseball, all I know is that in 2011 Fredonia's graduating class was 130. The class of 2017 is about 90. Doesn't sound like growth to me, and if you're going to say Fredonia is growing than come up with numbers, anything else is just BS.

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baseball

Oct-23-13 2:56 PM

Dont know the exact numbers Christopher, but was told that the classes are bigger and it will probably affect the league that FHS plays in!

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uhgtbk

Oct-23-13 10:34 AM

Thank you HAND. Interesting site.

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jalbertino

Oct-23-13 9:28 AM

I don't get it, everyone complains about excessive taxes but when an earmark comes our way everyone's all about it. Everyone lobbying for this complex is part of the problem known as NYS.

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Christopher

Oct-23-13 7:43 AM

Numbers, baseball, please. Just how much bigger are ALL of those classes, K-12.

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baseball

Oct-22-13 11:30 PM

Mason1, Actually the classes coming up at FHS are much bigger (all the way from K-12), so much so Fredonia may be moved up a class in Football! The complex committee is committed to raising the local share, so no increase in taxes to build it! Also for you Phil, Fredonia asked Dunkirk to use their field for Friday night, because of the shape that the orange bowl is in, and they said NO!

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roberta2

Oct-22-13 10:21 PM

commentor---Your right --Its Fredonia School High Command --saying > Were Fredonia the Premier school and this Is going to happen cause WE SAY SO-!! And say so goes on all the time - Not anymore the tax payers say No-!

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commentor

Oct-22-13 9:44 PM

The sports team may be undefeated but the education isn't what you think it is. Fredonia isn't what it used to be because of many reasons. DiBonzo being the biggest one. The board are his puppets. The Orange Bowl was good enough for all these years but all of a sudden it has to go. I think a certain group has Dunkirk envy. Just because they have a new field a certain Fredonia group feels out done. THE LAST THING FREDONIA NEEDS IS A MULTI MILLION DOLLAR SPORTS COMPLEX!!!!!!

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Mason1

Oct-22-13 6:19 PM

I would love to see it for the kids but rational reason has to stand in place of emotion. A declining population in the district is a hard sell for a new complex. 25-35 years ago the graduating class was 200 to 250. The graduation class of FHS in 2013 was 110. DHS was 115. These numbers have shrunk every year. Where do we see the furture upswing? Dr.Coon vision 2000 was build it and they will come. News alert!! it didn't happen. Now we are stuck with a monster of a building and less student population. Where are they going to solicite funds. The local businesses are all but gone. Aldi, Home Depot and the other national chains don't have any stake in the community except to extract moneny

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roberta2

Oct-22-13 5:02 PM

Well- Laxdad arent you just the perfect reason of why ever get voted in--I guess you got LOTS EXTRA MONEY TO THROW AROUND --most of us don't--thanks for the kick in the butt-!

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LaxDad

Oct-22-13 3:57 PM

Do not try to separate the value of sports from the overall, well rounded, High School experience. Academics go hand in hand with Athletics. Participation in sports is a differentiator on college applications as well. Spend the money and put in a turf field. Field availability and maintenance costs need to be considered particularly in spring and fall. Open use up to youth leagues and other events when possible to get some financial return. By the way, I voted against the $60M stadium in Allen, Texas where I live, but I also pay taxes for Fredonia schools. You need a turf field.

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HaveANiceDay

Oct-22-13 12:18 PM

Ughtbk, if you search "How New York distributes its Education dollar" in yahoo it will be the first link that pops up. It's for the 2012-2013 school year.

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HaveANiceDay

Oct-22-13 11:39 AM

Don't know why it was blocked. Sorry

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HaveANiceDay

Oct-22-13 11:38 AM

You can find it at ***********cbcny****/sites/default/files/SchoolDistrictsMap.html

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baseball

Oct-22-13 11:27 AM

PR24601, Jenn was a stand out athlete in many sports, thats what got her to College (athletic scholarships)!

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baseball

Oct-22-13 11:17 AM

PR24601, I personally think that they should go with a multi use Turf field that can be used all year with almost no maintenance! It would solve the problem for years to come. Do it once and do it right the first time! or don't do it at all!

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PR24601

Oct-22-13 11:07 AM

baseball, I don't believe girls pole vault was even an option when Jenn was in school, was it? Didn't she get to her level of greatness through club coaching and competition?

I'm not going to argue athletic greatness all day.. I will say I firmly believe in HS sports, the importance of well-rounded kids, and providing the kids adequate and safe playing surfaces, regardless of their abilities or level.

At the same time, I think there's a difference between what's necessary and what's a "wish list" item, and I don't believe the caliber of athletics at FHS or anywhere in northern ChauCo warrants $2.5M expenditures to grow the right type of grass on a well drained field.

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uhgtbk

Oct-22-13 10:53 AM

HAND.........Ripley $17,701 per student Pine Valley $16,242 per student Brocton $16,122 Sherman $14,421 Panama $14,254 Cassadaga $13,469 Randolph $13,155 Dunkirk $12,037....... where can I find this information exactly???

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jalbertino

Oct-22-13 10:47 AM

And I know I sound like an ornery citizen talking about sports, when in truth, I took advantage of every season that Fredonia offered. That said, being removed from it for quite some time and having faced the real world, it's more than apparent that sports are not the answer- we need additional academic opportunities, trades, etc.- you can only get so many jobs when your resume has 'Class C All-Star' versus, 'AP Classes', 'Trades', etc.

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baseball

Oct-22-13 10:47 AM

HaveANiceDay, Agreed, well put!

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baseball

Oct-22-13 10:45 AM

PR24601, well for starters, we have a gold medal Olympian. The football team has a Div 1 prospect for punting and kicking, at a national college comp, he ranked 9th. in the nation in punting distance. We have many athletes that are at Div 2 level that athletic scholarships are paying for! Same for div 3, many students are recruited for their athletic ability and get help with college!

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HaveANiceDay

Oct-22-13 10:36 AM

You people talk like the Fredonia school is crumbling at the expense of the sports program. The classrooms are great. They have technology in classrooms and the academics are first rate. We are consistently ranked in the top 25% of the Western New York school rankings. Check out how many graduates go on to 4 year universities. We have the academics covered. Now lets get our athletic facilities out of the dark ages.

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PR24601

Oct-22-13 10:31 AM

baseball, how many student-athletes at FHS are going Division I? You can have all the Section VI, WNY rankings you want. Fact is, small school sports in WNY aren't that good. So ranking X of Y out of a bunch of not great teams doesn't mean anything.

Yes, baseball has always been good out here.

But to measure athletic success, I want to know how many students are getting paid (i.e. scholarships) to play their sport after HS. Division I.

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