KARI WILLIAMS, Richland
The Richland School Board is making a good decision to close down one of the five elementary schools in central Richland. Looking at enrollment numbers in central Richland, the Jefferson Elementary School area will continue to decrease in the number of elementary students. By rebuilding three of the existing schools, making them larger, we taxpayers will save on all the overhead costs in running a whole extra school.
Yes, closing down a school is going to be emotional -- there are many memories attached to schools. However, Jefferson is not going to be closed down. Home-school students, for whom the district receives money to help educate, will be using the facility, and the current students are going to be attending brand new, beautiful schools. These schools that the Jefferson students will be attending are all within one mile of the Jefferson students' homes.
The school board is putting emotions aside and thinking about what is best for the entire community -- including the students at Jefferson.
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I hope the school board stands by its current decision to be fiscally responsible while meeting students needs.