To the editor:
It is with great interest that I follow your reports on local school closings. After reviewing the “Prioritized Program Cuts” (as published on LJWorld.com), I found that there is no mention of eliminating 1) field trips, and/or 2) grade school physical education (the kids have recess every day).
Also, there is no mention of the school board considering eliminating any sport activities from the budget. I would think that giving our kids a solid education would be the priority, and parents would be willing to make these cuts in lieu of school closings.
Presenting the community with the option of school closings has certainly caused many to become more actively involved in voicing their opinion, and perhaps this was the motive of the school board in offering such an absurd recommendation. The elimination of sports (Not all, certainly, but how about the bowling team? Or perhaps one of the following: soccer, golf, tennis, basketball, football or gymnastics? Or how about reducing each season by several weeks?) would exponentially increase the potential for a balanced budget while maintaining the motto of our school system: “Creating a safe, positive learning environment so students can become lifelong learners and productive citizens in a global society”
It’s just a thought.