Letters to the Editor

November 02, 2009

BOE's redistricting solutions are ludicrous

To the editor:

I could not believe the redistribution of students presented in Oct. 28 Herald-Mail ("Redistricting suggestions heading to Board of Ed," page A3).

I certainly am glad my children are adults. However, their children might very well be influenced by the ludicrous redistricting solution presented.

Did anyone compare how these children will be shuffled from one school to another, all in the guise of overcrowding? Let's see -- Maugansville, Pangborn and Salem Avenue elementary schools are all new schools, but kids must be taken from those schools and placed in schools farther from their homes (additional time and bus expense) all because a new school is to be built as the 'Eastern Complex' at a cost of $25 million for primary grades only.


Who are these people who have come up with this proposal? I am amazed we can't find people in Washington County with more intelligence and less gullible than to believe everything the Board of Education sets forth and tells us we must have. If I were a parent with school-age children, I'd be livid.

Look at just a few examples -- 134 students from Winter Street Elementary School shifted, but 94 children from Salem Avenue then sent to Winter Street. Does that make sense? Old Forge Elementary School (Smithsburg area) students sent to Cascade Elementary School (on top of the mountain). Make yourselves a chart and see how ridiculous this shifting really is.

I believe all this is because the Board of Education wants to build a new school that we do not need. I have said this time and again: We are captive to whatever the Board of Education wants and we have people in government who will not stand up to them and say no.


Edward Kendall

R.I. second-grader seeks help with class project

To the editor:

I am writing to you to say hello from the smallest state in the union, Rhode Island. I am a seventh-grader attending school in Pawtucket, R.I.

In my geography class, we are working on a semester-long project, which includes creating an oral, written and poster project on a particular U.S. state. I chose to do my report on Maryland.

If your readers could send me some information, pictures or tourist information, it would help me so much with my project.

Your readers could send the information to me at school. You can send the information to Leah Smith, Goff Junior High School, 974 Newport Ave., Pawtucket, RI 02861.

Thank you so much for your help with my report and project.

Leah Smith
Pawtucket, R.I.

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