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PUYALLUP SCHOOLS: Changes will hurt community

Letter by C. D. Gutierrez, Puyallup on Dec. 29, 2010 at 4:13 pm | 10 Comments »
December 30, 2010 3:18 pm

Does the Puyallup School Board really know best?

Tony Apostle, Superintendent, has taken it upon himself (cleverly disguised in the form of a committee) that a reconfiguration is in order for Puyallup schools.

He has proposed taking ninth-graders from junior highs and cramming them into high schools to the tune of 2,500 students to occupy a building with a 1,250 capacity. Is this supposed to be a better high school experience?

He says it will give them more options. Make no mistake, there will be no options with that many kids, other than an extended day of school. Yes, night school is what kids get for an option.

Apostle has given no logical reason for this type of change and has made it his personal goal to make it happen. He has no data to support creating this chaos or taking into consideration any of the major changes that will affect the community.

More infuriating is his totalitarian attitude and disturbing comparison: “Does Good Sam Hospital ask the public how to cure people?” It is inconceivable that someone in this position could overlook the impact this would have on students, parents, teachers and community, and think it is acceptable.

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