Archive for Friday, May 29, 1998


May 29, 1998


To the editor:

I would like to commend the school board of McLouth USD 342 for taking action to protect our children. At a special emergency meeting Monday night, attended by local and county law enforcement officials and many parents, the board voted to close out the school year 2 1/2 days early, on May 26 instead of May 28.

In today's world, we cannot afford to ignore warning signs when given. I'm sure that if they had the chance to turn back the clock, the school board in Springifeld, Ore., would not hestitate to make the same decision. We are still reeling from the shock of reading about their tragedy, yet another in a growing number. No one can tell what might have happened here, but I don't want anyone taking risks with the lives of my children.

Our school board took a stand and made a decision that, depending on one's perspective, was either a very good one or a very bad one. Emotional issues always get mixed reviews.

In the larger scope of things, the two days lost will not have a significant impact on our children's education, only a minor inconvenience in rearranging schedules. But the consequences of facing a potentially dangerous situation and not defusing it could have tragic and permanent results.

I wish to thank the board of USD 342 for doing what all school boards everywhere should be doing -- putting the safety and best interest of our children first.

Nancy Smelser,


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