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Letters to the Editor

Look at facts

May 4, 2011

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To the editor:

Before any more decisions are finalized by our school board, I implore the entire community to read and analyze the data in the literature cited by the elementary school task force. The data does not support the plans to build schools for a population of 500-600 students. The task force’s own reports include observations that do not support such a plan, for example, the level of noise at Sunflower, which has over 400 students.

These conflicts must be addressed. (And aren’t we always telling our students to use their critical thinking skills?) The threatening tone used by Mr. Doll, promising the community that consolidation will occur even if voters refuse to pass the bond, only further detracts from an honest conversation. A conversation is what should be occurring, one that is free of rhetoric and threats.

Comments

Kookamooka 3 years, 6 months ago

I would argue that many of the schools built after the baby boom in the California ranch style, (Hillcrest, sunset, kennedy...to name a few) are poorly constructed, infested with asbestos (or they were in the 1970's) have leaky roofs and are just not holding up very well. The older buildings...Cordley, Pinckney, New York, Woodlawn, were likely made with better materials.

What did the task force say about the architectural integrity of certain schools, their mold counts and indoor air quality. That's what I thought they were going to examine.

GardenMomma 3 years, 6 months ago

They did. It's all in the facilities subcommittee report. Deerfield and Kennedy are the ones I can recall, off the top of my head, that have inner air quality issues.

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