To the editor:
I could describe how wonderful Wakarusa Valley is, how it is the reason we reside where we do. But you will hear the same from every parent about any school.
I understand the position the Board of Education is in — something must change. I realize the decision is gravely difficult.
The BOE should look at all information provided by the task force — beyond the recommendation itself. Look at the numbers, the actual cost. Is Wakarusa the school to close? Not according to the task force’s numbers.
BOE member Bob Byers said he questions keeping schools open that require significant repairs to remain open. Wakarusa can handle more kids now. It can run at capacity without major renovation — certainly not $5.3 million that Cordley requires or $3.7 million for Pinckney. Byers questions not closing schools where so many are in close proximity. Wakarusa does not “sit on top” of other schools and serves three times the area of all in-town schools combined.
Of all the scenarios provided by the task force, there was not one wherein Wakarusa remained open, another school closed and the boundaries changed to move students to Wakarusa. Why not?
Closing Wakarusa may seem an easy solution; it is not. Closing Wakarusa is NOT a way out, it is a way in deeper. Use the facilities we have now — the ones that are in good working order and ADA-compliant, those not needing major repairs. Use Wakarusa Valley to its full potential.