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Letters to the Editor

League support

January 26, 2010

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To the editor:

The League of Women Voters of Lawrence/Douglas County believes that closing any local elementary schools would be detrimental to Lawrence children and their families, to the neighborhoods in which they live, and to our city overall. We urge the school board to take alternate, less permanent action in resolving the temporary budget crisis.

The League believes, as stated in our Local Land Use position, that elementary school service areas should match neighborhood boundaries.

Lawrence cannot afford to undermine the east side’s budding resurgence at time when home values are plummeting across the country. Young families who might otherwise settle in our community’s historic core will move elsewhere. Current residents will scramble to sell before their dwindling assets become liabilities, and will consider relocating to a school district that can provide a more competitive education for their children.

If our city hopes to retain its citizens and attract employers, we must be able to offer quality schools and safe, affordable neighborhoods — we must offer opportunity. Youth achievement is fundamental to a community’s immediate and long-term successes, and it begins with early education.

Comments

George Lippencott 4 years, 10 months ago

I can not help but wonder if we use New York School as an exemplar of a neighboor school do all the other schools offer the same benefits of small class size, etc.? If not, just what level of resources are we looking at to treat all our children the same while keeping all the schools open despite declining enrollment?

cato_the_elder 4 years, 10 months ago

It's good to see that the League has taken a stand on this. Hopefully, the League also realizes that moving ninth graders into the high school buildings will accelerate closings of smaller neighborhood elementary schools as soon as sixth graders are then moved into the junior high buildings, thereafter to be known as "middle schools." Given the substantial student capacities that we have at that level with four junior high school buildings, there is no doubt that this will occur. If you want to save neighborhood elementary schools, then you need to oppose as vigorously as possible moving ninth grade students to the high school buildings, and should tell school board members how you feel.

grammaddy 4 years, 10 months ago

The League is absolutely right...as always!

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