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West Carthage resident seeks school overflow solutions


WEST CARTHAGE — After Carthage Central’s second capital project in a row was shot down by residents in March, parent Dale R. Munn Jr. went to Facebook looking for a solution.

He started a Facebook page this month called Carthage Central School District Annexation but says the page is an open forum to allow the community to come up with any solution to add space without increasing taxes.

So far, his page has 55 “likes.”

“It’s my goal to find a solution,” he said.

When the second capital project was proposed, part of the second proposition included building four classrooms at West Carthage. At the Board of Education meeting Monday, the West Carthage universal prekindergarten program was moved to Black River Elementary temporarily because of the lack of space.

Mr. Munn’s solution is to redraw district lines. As the Copenhagen Central director of student services, he knows there are classrooms where he works that are not being used. His two school-age children, Madalyn, 8, and Logan, 6, go to Copenhagen Central with him so he can take some pressure off West Carthage Elementary’s enrollment.

His 3-year-old son, Ryan, is one of the students who will be bused from West Carthage to Black River Elementary next year.

“There are implications, but it doesn’t cost anything to take a pencil and draw another line to redistrict,” he said. “Both schools would exist, but there will be full rooms in Copenhagen and smaller classroom sizes for Carthage.”

Mr. Munn said he understands there are parents who want all their children to attend Carthage Central because of school pride in the area. As someone who graduated from Carthage High School and worked there as the school psychobiologist, he said he is proud to be a Carthage alumnus, but a change needs to be made for the sake of the children.

“I hope there are ideas out there that satisfy the general population,” he said. “The board is up against the wall. You can’t sit around and do nothing.”

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