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Update: Water Main Break Closes Gibbons School

The Gibbons Elementary School on Morton St. is closed Friday, January 20 due to a water main break.

Students at the have a long weekend—there is no school there on Friday, January 20, according to Superintendent of Public Schools Dr. Marguerite Rizzi.

The closing is not weather related (Stoughton received 4 inches of snow overnight according to the DPW)—Dr. Rizzi said it is due to a water main break.

The Superintendent said all other schools in the district will operate on a regular schedule on Friday.

Dr. Rizzi said that at this point she anticipates the Gibbons School will reopen on Monday, January 23.

DPW officials said the break occurred at the driveway leading to the Gibbons School, closing the driveway as crews repair the water main. But, the adjacent Morton St. is not closed, according to the DPW.

Fiscal Conservative January 20, 2012 at 11:17 AM
In the old days, students were shipped to other schools instead of missing a day. Even though the teachers receive an "unscheduled" day off, those at the Gibbons, will probably file a grievence because they will have to go a day later in the summer, to make up this day.
Scott M January 20, 2012 at 01:19 PM
Really? On the fly with short notice, they could notify, move and find room for a couple of hundred kids? Please cite your exact examples from the old days, maybe they can learn and be better prepared for the next emergency.
BH January 20, 2012 at 04:00 PM
By the way, there are appr. 400 students at the Gibbons. Some elementary schools in Stoughton are already crowded (25 to a classroom in some cases) so think again about not only the logistics of relocating students, but how those schools could possibly accommodate 400 extra students.
lowertaxes January 20, 2012 at 04:12 PM
I don't mind the canceling of the day. What I think is not appropriate is the 4:30 am phone call that was sent out. There is such as thing as respect. The call could have waited an hour.
t January 21, 2012 at 12:32 AM
If people got more active, did more research on the FACTS than whining, we wouldn't have as many problems in this town as we claim! I am sick and tired of people putting down the school dept. for any and all reasons. We need to EDUCATE these children so we don't end up with leaders such as those in office now! Instead you criticize and complain constantly! The "What do I get out of it" attitude needs to be put in check. I have been silent until now watching from the sidelines as the teachers and faculty of the school system are ridiculed on an almost daily basis. The proposed budget that was sent in shows where we are going wrong. We need more Education and a better way to educate and unfortunately this WILL cost money. Do you want a bunch of under educated grown-ups running this country? Maybe so as Obama is in office and the rest of his "Cronies" running other parts of the country. If you don't like it, I hear there are other countries looking for people. I for one, will support and appreciate ALL that the ed. dept. in Stoughton does. I also appreciate the early warning that school was canceled so I could make arrangements for the day. In the old days there wasn't the problem of overcrowded classrooms so check your facts. The day doesn't have to be made up as it was one school not the whole district, and as far as any grievance, I take one with the people in this town who do nothing but complain about teachers and the ed. dept. Take a look at our "Other public servants".
Fiscal Conservative January 21, 2012 at 01:42 AM
Schools, at one time, housed K - 6. Gibbons housed over 700 students, during the days of Baby Boomer children. There was a time (may have been the Dawe) when the students were shipped, by grade level, to the Gibbons & one other school. Cafeteria was used to house students for one day. What is one day's disruption. Kids would enjoy the change, they may be more alert being in different surroundings. Instead of looking for excuses, look for reasons to think outside the box. Hate to say it, but, Obama may be right "We have become too soft". Heck, kids can't even go outside for recess if it gets "too Chilly" (I think that this has to do with teachers more than kids). Kids would love to be outside, getting fresh air & enjoying the season. Some teachers just don't want to go out if they think they'll be uncomfortable. Yet, they'll take a long weekend, brave sub zero temps and go skiing. Go figure. I know my daughter's teacher does!!!
Fiscal Conservative January 21, 2012 at 02:05 AM
In the "old Days(early 70's)" Chemung Hill School (K - 6) had student population in high 30's/classroom. Hence, Redistricting. 1959, overcrowding in Jones & West led to the South School. 1962, overcrowding again...Chemung Hill opened. 1969, overcrowding again...North School opened. 1971, overcrowding again...Gibbons opened. Now, student enrollment, nationally, is in a decline. Cost continue to rise per student. Many reasons for this. Then again, cost for everything is rising. Education is STILL a bargain, money wise. Problem is the world is moving faster than 30 years ago. Gov't, whether you like it or not (or believe me) has infringed more & more on our daily lives. They have done so slowly. Kind of hard to realize it. Just look at today vs 1975. Are there more taxes, fees, zoning laws, etc that affect your personal lifestyle. Bet you say yes to more than one!! Its harder to stay on top of things, in every sector of our lives. Instead of B.....in, look at things closely. Its not a perfect world, but its still better than whats #2. Yeah, to those who complain, try being a bit more self reliant, not depending on others, not making excuses. Our grandparents would be embarassed by our whiny actions. If you think you have it hard, read & study about the other tough times this country went through. If you still have to cry in your beer, I'll buy it for you. Oh, unless granted a waiver...the day does have to be made up. Ed Reform 1993.
Scott M January 21, 2012 at 02:21 AM
What does "take a look at our other public servants" mean?
JO January 22, 2012 at 06:30 PM
I do remember being in the 3rd grade at the Chemung (in the 70's) and something being wrong with the heat in the school. We were all bused to the Gibbons for the day. Students and teachers will be required to make up the day. The law is 180 days. They may have to do a 1/2 day on a Saturday. That is what my school district did last year. Attendance wasn't great from the kids but all of the teachers showed up.
JO January 22, 2012 at 06:36 PM
Well, since calls were made to the parents at 4:30am notifying them that school was cancelled there was plenty of time to find room for kids. That gave Rizzi at least 4 hours to figure something out. Students could have been sent to the high school auditorium or other elementary schools. I was done back in the 1970's. I along with all of the other students at the Chemung were transported to the Gibbons because of a heating problem.
JO January 22, 2012 at 06:39 PM
Fiscal Conservative, I think the reason the kids don't go out has more to do with parent complaints than teachers not wanting to go out with them. The afternoons go much smoother if students are able to go out and run off some of their energy. Nothing worse than being stuck in the building all winter. We get lots of complaints from parents that it is too cold to be outside. Crazy.
Sarah January 22, 2012 at 06:56 PM
Why on earth would it be better to move the kids to other schools' auditoriums and cafeterias for the day, where things would be in a state of controlled chaos all day with teachers trying desperately to keep kids attentions in less than ideal situations, than closing for the day and adding an extra day at some other point in time? Surely, educationally, an added day in the regular classrooms will be much more worthwhile. And, the assumption that teachers will file a grievance because of a canceled and rescheduled day is ridiculous. Give them a bit of credit. All teachers know about snow days and weather emergencies and such and expect that the school schedule is subject to some minor flexibility and change at the end of the year. I can assure you that most teachers would rather have a day rescheduled than try to teach in a crowded auditorium for 6 hours! It is amazing what people will find to complain about.
lowertaxes January 23, 2012 at 12:45 AM
Sarah, you think an added day would be better educationally. The last few weeks of school are a time when the kids learn NOTHING. Heck, in elementary school the term ends a couple of weeks before the last day so that the teachers can get the report card done before the last day. At least moving the kids for a day would teach the kids something about compromise and how to adapt to different situations. It would be an adventure to have a "different" kind of day, rather than having these kids sitting in class and extra day while all the other kids in town are on summer vacation.
Stoughton Resident January 24, 2012 at 01:28 PM
Fiscal Conservative your a joke, go and time warp back to the 70's please and give us all a break from your political rhetoric. This story doesn't need political comments. Perhaps you should move down south, like Alabama, so you can be among your own lmao!! The school system does fine, and with little or no notice to try and move 400 children to another school is rediculous. You think they would have learned anything more than they would in a given day at the end of the year with all the chaos that would have ensued with such a move. Give me a break and get real, wake up, this is not the 70's thank god.
Fiscal Conservative January 25, 2012 at 05:00 PM
Stoughton Resident: Glad I can make you laugh!!! I presented facts, not dribble. One thing we, as adults, all overlook is how the kids may have viewed this. My guess is that most would have enjoyed the opportunity to visit another school and be around some of their friends. As far as where they would be housed, yeah, the Cafeteria, Library or other vacant rooms would suffice for one day. For the most part, behavior may be improved as kids don't want to make a fool out of themselves in front of others. This could have been used as a valuable experience for them. Heck, it probably would have been a lot better learning experience than many field trips that they go on. See, we forget what its like to be a child. We forget that they like to experience new things once in a while. We forget that most of the biases and fears that children develop come from adults. Is any child born a bigot, hater, etc. No, they are learned...most likely from an adult. So, learn to lightenen up. If I made you laugh( or crack a smile), thats good. We need more of that. By the way, in your first sentence where you said "your a joke" it is spelled "you're" (a contraction for "you are". Also, it is "ridiculous" not "rediculous". Enjoy the day.

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