To the editor:
A quote from Sunday’s paper stated: “It seems pretty clear our community is coming to a consensus that as a way to deal with this short-term crisis, (closing schools) is not a sacrifice that people are willing to make.” Twelve hundred people marching in an effort to keep their neighborhood schools open does not represent the consensus of Lawrence.
In watching school board meetings and through various errands, I have seen signs and fliers east of Iowa asking people to support neighborhood schools. It’s frustrating to see one perspective when yours is very different. While it’s tempting to rally a group who share my opinions, I’ve chosen not to for two reasons: One, the board should recognize that parents of the schools targeted will rally but that they don’t necessarily represent the entire district. Two, Lawrence is already divided, and having a group that isn’t centered around the schools targeted for closure would only add to the division.
If I were to create a shirt it’d say “Save Our Students — All of Them” or maybe it’d read “Just Say No To Classes Over 30” or “More Than the Core for JH/HS.” What would yours say? Save the shirt cost and tell the board your perspective. They welcome the input and need to hear from more people in the community than those involved with the SOS campaign.