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Reasons that Spring Hill and Maple Elementary need to stay open


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#1 Donna

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Posted 22 July 2017 - 01:00 AM

Both schools do a phenomenal job of educating a majority of (including predominately at-risk) children ABOVE state standards.  Both schools have been reported as being structurally sound but could use some upgrades.  Kids identify with their school in their neighborhood and tend to do better academically.  Parents are close enough to participate in (or allow their children to) extra-curricular events, PTO, and parent/teacher conferences.  You just don't shutter success.  It's not smart.  Nor is it fiscally responsible.  Per Dr. Melin, it costs us 1.2 million dollars annually to support both schools.  That's a lot cheaper than $15 million on a promise (that will never happen) of a new state-of-the-art building.  How about they just put art and music back into these buildings?  In spite of what Dr. Melin said, it's not about the bricks and mortar, it's about the kids . . . or so they say.


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Posted 22 July 2017 - 08:37 AM

Both schools do a phenomenal job of educating a majority of (including predominately at-risk) children ABOVE state standards.  Both schools have been reported as being structurally sound but could use some upgrades.  Kids identify with their school in their neighborhood and tend to do better academically.  Parents are close enough to participate in (or allow their children to) extra-curricular events, PTO, and parent/teacher conferences.  You just don't shutter success.  It's not smart.  Nor is it fiscally responsible.  Per Dr. Melin, it costs us 1.2 million dollars annually to support both schools.  That's a lot cheaper than $15 million on a promise (that will never happen) of a new state-of-the-art building.  How about they just put art and music back into these buildings?  In spite of what Dr. Melin said, it's not about the bricks and mortar, it's about the kids . . . or so they say.

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Posted 26 July 2017 - 06:56 PM

I don't know how to do links, but on Jeff Currents on Fb shows Mayor Moore stating that he "begged and pleaded" to keep Spring Hill and Maple Elementary schools.  Parents and community did the same.  Why do we have to "beg and plead" to get our district representatives to represent us?  With the exception of one, all other school board trustees voted to close these above average performing schools and ship them off to lower performing schools.  There is a promise that if we go along with the closings there is $15 MILLION new school for downtown.  Of course, they have no site chosen or available architectural estimates. Just trust 'em!


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