It’s pretty much a done deal. The Wichita Board of Education will take a final vote March 5th on new school boundaries that will close four elementary schools to accommodate five new schools in the district. Those schools are closing because the Kansas Legislature cut revenue to U-S-D 259 after citizens approved a 370 million-dollar bond issue in 2008.
Some parents are upset because their kids’ schools are closing. Some have called Superintendent John Allison a liar and have threatened lawsuits. Allison came to the district after the bond issue passed.
I know it can be an emotional experience when students change schools. My dad’s job took our family to several cities. I attended five elementary schools, three of them in Wichita. I commuted between nine and 15 miles every day in junior high and high school. My family never thought it was that big a deal.
Change can be tough on children … and parents. Sometimes you just have to deal with it and go on.
Our thought for today is from Henry Wadsworth Longfellow:
“All things must change to something new, to something strange.”