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Letter: Did School Board lose parents' trust?

To the Editor:

When I voted, I voted for K-1, 2-3, 4-5 school buildings, not three K-5 schools.

Having three K-5 schools means three sets of K-5 materials, three K-5 computer programs, three K-5 playgrounds. Or isn't there going to be a playground at East?

The parents of West had to raise the funds and put in that playground. My son was knocked unconscious falling off a swing at East when he was attending summer school.

Oh, and by the way, the drinking fountains and bathroom sinks are too high even for first graders (they use boxes in front of the sinks and drinking fountains for summer school) but we are putting preschool children in that building.

I think it is high time that the people that don't like this idea speak up loudly. Very few people like this arrangement, (I found two) but the School Board made this decision without even consulting what the public wanted.

If I had to do it again they wouldn't get my vote, they are misusing the trust I put in them. Think what that extra money that they are going to use for these duplicate materials could do for our children.

They are already saying that they are going to have to cut back on teaching assistants. Next to the teachers they are very important in helping with children that don't want to be at school.

And how much better off they would be having teachers at the same grade level working together the way it's always been. When the hormones are running strong in sixth grade is when we are going to join these kids back up, so essentially we are going to have split gangs coming together.

Ask people in surrounding areas that are dealing with this very issue. Especially teachers or TAs. They have a hard enough time when they know all the kids without having to deal with people coming in from different schools. I am not seeing where this is going to benefit my children.

As far as saving the kids time on the bus. Hey, here is a solution, have a few buses go to each school pick up all the kids and then divide them up at the High School. That's what we did when we were kids and it worked great!

Lois Blietz

New Richmond