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Letters to the Editor 9/27

September 26, 2000

Letters to the Editor 9/27



Ride the train to Cumberland



To the editor:

Once again the Hagerstown Roundhouse Museum will be running their annual Colorfest trains in October. My wife and I took the Sunday trip last year to Cumberland and it was a very enjoyable trip. The car attendants were both courteous and helpful. We were entertained during the trip by the Civil War Soldier, President George Washington and the Frontiersman.

Cumberland entertained us as well. Their downtown is a mall type without traffic. Throughout the afternoon different bands played in the pavilion in the open mall. Country and Western was offered in the theater. This entertainment was free. Shopping and restaurants were open and all this was available within walking distance of the train station.

We would like to thank the Roundhouse Museum for providing this family type activity. We certainly enjoyed the day and look forward to going again this year.

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F. S. Stanley

Hagerstown

School election is crucial



To the editor:

I have heard people say the school board election on Nov. 7 is important. I believe it is more than important, I believe it is crucial.

I believe the three incumbents should not be re-elected because I feel they have failed in what is their most important function. That function is communication with the public and their employee groups.

I give as evidence four examples. Example 1 - since April 2000, the teachers of this county have asked the school board to address their concerns. As of Sept. 11 the school board has not addressed the concerns. I believe this is unacceptable behavior by the school board. Example 2 - there was a plan to close the Job Development Center and only after the public accidentally found out was the plan dropped.

Example 3 - The plan for the proposed wall between Wal-Mart and Funkstown Elementary School was not discussed in a meeting where parents could attend. Example 4 - Possibly most important of all four examples is the fact that the process to involve parents in giving input to the budget was changed so that a very limited number of parents were involved. I believe this is wrong. The process should be such that as many parents as possible are included.

There are wide differences in the views of the eight candidates. I ask voters to study the views and make an informed choice on Nov. 7.

Meredith Fouche

Rohrersville

Come support Project Challenge



To the editor:

I'd like to know why we aren't hearing anything regarding the proposed changes to our current Project Challenge program in the elementary schools.

The proposed changes will greatly affect the project challenge program and the benefits it currently provides gifted and talented students. I understand they are trying to get Project Challenge into the middle and high schools and I think that is a wonderful thing. But, why at the expense of the elementary schools? Once again, no additional funding is available yet we can fund a new stadium. can't we? So the powers that be have decided to look at implementing a program which looks good on paper only.

If they go forward with this, they will have our current Project Challenge teachers in the elementary school system training the teachers (who already have very full plates) to provide challenging curriculum to the advanced level learners in their classes in the elementary, middle and high schools.

This will never work! When are the Board and the County Commissioners going to wake up and begin supporting our schools and our teachers? First we lost music in our elementary schools and now we may be losing Project Challenge.

Frederick and Montgomery Counties can get it right - why can't we?

There will be a public meeting today, Sept. 27 from 4:15-6:15 held in the Board of Education auditorium and it is open to the public. At this meeting they will be presenting a draft model to the board. Please come and support Project Challenge and help assure that our children's needs will be met.

Lisa Fox

Hagerstown

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