Sound off, Feb. 17, 2013

By From page A8 | February 17, 2013

City officials met with school officials this week to discuss turning the vacant Sullivan Middle School into a youth services center and perhaps a home for the Matt Garcia PAL Center.

Here are some comments from our article previewing the meeting:

  • Have you looked around lately? Our population is growing. The district will probably have to reopen that school again in the next five years or so. Would it not be a better idea to do that now, possibly creating a (grades) six-through-nine school or any option that might lessen the burden of overcrowding? Why not think about moving the Matt Garcia center into the old Sam Yeto location downtown?
  • I recall the outpouring of parental objections to closing Sullivan and Bransford in the same vicinity. Where are these parents now? Are their children being better served by adding to the overcrowding at their new schools? This is just what the end line of the article stated, a feather in the superintendent’s hat.
  • In defense of the parents, this is the first I’ve heard of this. And this district’s recent history shows they are deaf to input from the community. (Superintendent) Jacki (Cottingim-Dias’) vanity projects tend to be announced once they’re a done deal (see: Matt Garcia Learning Center school, the PSA, the new adult school).

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  • WoodyFebruary 17, 2013 - 8:16 am

    I failed to read all the comments when the story was first presented. The third comment is so very true. Most of these projects are on the 'fast track' to accomplish without input of parents or community. The supt initiates the notion, her staff works it out, the plan is on the Board agenda,staff presents to Board, and without public comment-it's done. Nothing illegal here, it is on the agenda, and it was posted in the paper. Parents and community members need to stay informed and participate in the process. And, if you feel the Board or superintendent is 'deaf' to your concerns- use the power of the vote to change the members.

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