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Please don't close my school

I understand parents’ and students’ concerns over proposed changes in boundaries that may close a few Wichita schools, but let’s keep things in perspective.
There are now two school-age children living in my block in Riverside. Two. My wife and my children attended kindergarten and first grade at Woodland School, two-and-a-half blocks from my home. Second-through-sixth, my children were bused to Mueller and McLain for special education. They came back to the neighborhood for middle school at Marshal, and high school at North … a mile away.
My story: sixth grade at Peterson, two blocks from home. Three years at Hadley Junior High … an eight-mile round trip by bus or car pool. Three years at West High … a 14-mile daily round trip by car pool and my own car. It would be another ten years after I graduated that a high school opened a mile from my boyhood home.
In all those years of daily commuting I don’t recall ever hearing a single parent or student complain.
Our thought for today is from Joe Walsh:
“I can’t complain, but sometimes I still do.”

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01/26/2012 2:13AM
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01/26/2012 8:38PM
One selfish parent
While I understand and recognize the School Board's predicament, as an admittedly selfish parent my issue is not with the added distance to school but with the uprooting of my son. Living on the west side I sent both of my kids to Mueller and my daughter to Brooks for a year. Now my son is in high school and, as I undterstand there is no grandfather clause, next year he will be forced to change schools. Having grown up in Clearwater the entire notion of inner-city rivalries was foreign to me until my kids started high school in Wichita. But that aside, I do know of emotional attachment and dedication to one's school and the life-long friends to be made while there. Now, my son faces starting over in a new school where the school rivalry factor kicks in and I believe it will be harder to readjust to a new high school than it was to start high school in the first place. Again, I admit I'm being a selfish, non-big picture kinda guy here, but I don't understand why they can't move the kids as they go into high school rather than move them when they're already there. The boundries will gradually change and no kids (mine included) would have to be uprooted. Thank you, sir, for letting me vent; I realize my little post was longer than your Report. Keep up the good work.
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