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Old 02-03-2008, 08:07 PM
 
Location: Connecticut
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how about you move where ever you feel comfortable? Your kids will do fine if you are a good parent. All this bull about living in the best school district is ridiculous and all it leads to is more and more people living beyond their means to try to meet some standard people set of whats the best. as you can see from these posts everyone has their own ideas of what the 'best' is. give me a break!
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Old 02-04-2008, 05:39 AM
 
Location: New England
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how about you move where ever you feel comfortable? Your kids will do fine if you are a good parent. All this bull about living in the best school district is ridiculous and all it leads to is more and more people living beyond their means to try to meet some standard people set of whats the best. as you can see from these posts everyone has their own ideas of what the 'best' is. give me a break!
Well said...very well.
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Old 02-04-2008, 08:55 PM
 
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bolton does not have the best school system in the state. no way. bolton has less than 5 thousand people that live there and only has a few hundred in its high school.
Wilton, Glastonbury, Avon, Simsbury, Farmington, Weston all have better school systems
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Old 02-05-2008, 06:08 AM
 
Location: Connecticut
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the difference being that you would be able to pay less for a house in Bolton than in the other towns mentioned. Bolton has a fine school district (as do the other towns mentioned) and maintains much of its rural charm if thats what you are looking for. You'll have to drive into manchester for shopping and retail though.
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Old 02-05-2008, 07:12 AM
 
Location: South Windsor, CT
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Ellington is also a very nice town with beautiful neighborhoods, great school systems and is very close to Buckland Hills Mall & Evergreen Walk. There are plenty of family oriented things to do such as tennis, golf, swimming, baseball, movies, etc. that are all very close by. Email me at jmcgrath77@cox.net if you would like more info.
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Old 02-05-2008, 08:08 AM
 
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Depends on what you want to spend for housing? Bigger money but a beautiful town is Glastonbury. Little furthur up is East Hampton. South Windsor is a great town with great schools. If you have kids that will be in the school system for some time. Stay away from East Hartford, Manchester and Vernon ( these are tough towns )
Wow!!! I'm shocked to hear that East Hartford has gotten so bad. I graduated high school there in '91. Afterwards, I went away to college and haven't really been back much since. Although a few of my high school friends have told me that EH has gotten a bit rougher, I had no clue that it was THIS bad. When did all of this happen? The EH that I remember was a great safe place to grow up in.
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Old 02-05-2008, 08:19 AM
 
Location: South Glastonbury, CT
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how about you move where ever you feel comfortable? Your kids will do fine if you are a good parent. All this bull about living in the best school district is ridiculous and all it leads to is more and more people living beyond their means to try to meet some standard people set of whats the best. as you can see from these posts everyone has their own ideas of what the 'best' is. give me a break!
Finally a decent post about schools. Let's face it, CT has some of the finest schools in the nation, is your child going to do better because you choose to live in Ellington over South Windsor?

Being a product of the "tough" East Hartford school system gave me an advantage in getting into the college of my choice, an Ivy League school. My parents pushed me to excel. Sure Avon or West Hartford have some of the best test scores but they also have some of the most educated parents. I agree with Srib and say find a house, neighborhood, community you are comfortable with.
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Old 02-05-2008, 08:54 AM
 
Location: Connecticut
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EHCT and Redbaron - I graduated in 92 - how funny. And NO - it has not gotten AS BAD as most people on this board seem to think. Yes, it has it challenges and many of the schools are underperfoming. This is not because east hartford isn't dumping a ton of money into the schools, but because of a serious issue with a transient population and a poorer student population (there are also a few admin issues going on, but thats another post). As I mentioned above, I am also a product of the "tough" district, yet I managed to graduate in the top 10% of my class in high school, went on to college and am pulling in six-figures now. How? Because my parents instilled in me to do well and if i didn't there were consequences to face, plain and simple. It was never the teachers fault or the school districts fault if I failed. It was MY fault. My kids will be raised the same no matter where we live.
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Old 02-05-2008, 09:09 AM
 
Location: Connecticut
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oh and EHCT - there are plenty of safe places to live in EH. Crime stats are higher in EH than surrounding towns due to a few select areas which many fail to realize when they decide to bash the town. My parents have lived in town for 20 years are still there and have never experienced anything negative.
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Old 02-05-2008, 09:57 AM
 
Location: Connecticut
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Srib and Redbaron - Excellent replies, I agree that just because the school system isn't a top performer in standardized tests that the system is not good. Unfortunately in our "politically correct" - "No Child Left Behind" education society, it is the school that is failing not the parents. The thought is there must be something that they system can do to fix problems at home. Why it is thought that way is beyond me. Jay
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