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 Post subject: Why? Why? Why?
PostPosted: Wed Feb 07, 2007 7:01 pm 
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A letter in the 2-6-07 Tomahawk Leader

To the Editor:

Why? would the school board and superintendent let that hard working charter school team spend all that time and planning setting up a charter school when they knew it was a cut and dried conclusion from the beginning?

Why? with projected enrollment going down did they remove the sixth grade and kindergarten from these schools? Alternate plans we were not informed of?

Why? with projected enrollment dropping did they have to have Kate Goodrich; supposedly because of high enrollments? Franklin School seems to have been renovated into apartments, which certainly have to meet state standards. Couldn’t this have been cheaper than building a new school? Another snow job?
Why? does the senior high need a principal, two assistant principals and a cop to walk the halls when in 1950, when families were larger, the high school was run by one principal and possibly two secretaries?

Why? do we need a superintendent and an assistant superintendent, plus how many other administrators and how many secretaries?

Why? are report cards being sent in the mail instead of passed out to students? …

Why? would our administrators want to delete a school which is community oriented? …

Why? are these children being denied the opportunity to look out their window and admire the beautiful flowering crab trees planted in memory of fellow classmates, the Bergman boys, when they died in a fire? …

Why? has this become a situation, such as, the closing of all rural schools, where the citizens in the district had no say in the decision? …

Why? when we needed a new superintendent wasn’t one of our qualified administrators in the Merrill school appointed? …
Why? when the needs of every child in the Merrill School District are being met, do we need an alternative school for a minute number of students who didn’t apply themselves in our regular school system? …

Why? are there so many discipline problems in these large schools today? … Is it not also throwing all these children into large groups where they see and learn negativeness from the other students? How many major discipline problems does Midway have? Parents care and are there to support and work with teachers....

Why? don’t you as board members and superintendent, take a serious look at what communities are becoming? … That’s one of the considerations you should have given the Midway area with their many community projects … you 13 people want to take from them. Look in the mirror and say: Shame, shame shame!

Why? Why? Why?

I was a teacher at Midway School for 25 of my 39 teaching years. I was never more proud or happier to have the honor to share time with this wonderful group of child oriented people. …
A special “thank you” goes out to the great team who tried so hard to keep their little community school part of their community. … I feel for you and am very bitter and disappointed in our board and administrators. They are not considering the needs of every child – only money!

Marcia Rankin
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