Superintendent explains why Sweet Home school may close

AMHERST, N.Y. (WIVB) – Parents in the Sweet Home School District are fighting to save one of the district’s four elementary schools.

Parents packed a public meeting at Sweet Home High School Thursday night to hear the superintendent explain why the school board has recommended closing Heritage Heights Elementary.

“It’s really a recommendation based on the long-term needs of the district rather than any short-term financial crisis,” said Sweet Home Schools Superintendent Tony Day. “It’s really looking down the road to identify the very best program for our kids and to provide protection against further fiscal issues that could plague us down the road.”

Enrollment at Sweet Home’s elementary schools has dropped from 1,625 in 2003 to 1,396.

Several parents of Heritage Heights students have created a Facebook page dedicated to keeping the school open. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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