Clearly there are issues with the current conditions at Zervas that need to be remedied, but before a major expansion is done at the site, the feasibility of an Upper Falls school should be considered in depth. All children from Upper Falls are now bused to Countryside or Angier. The elimination of that cost would obviously be a substantial savings. Removal of Upper Falls and adjacent Highlands children from Countryside would free up space that could absorb the children from the Countryside/Bowen Buffer who now make Bowen overcrowded.
It's impossible to undo all the mistakes of the past that have left us with the current overcrowding at several schools, but an Upper Falls school would go a long ways toward doing it. And it's not just veterans of the fight to save Emerson like the Bridgers and me who feel this way. Newer resident and Upper Falls Neighborhood Area Councillor Susan Hoffman have found the lack of an Upper Falls School ludicrous and have led the Council to establish a Committee to find a way to establish a new Upper Falls School.
--Alderman Brian Yates, Chestnut Street