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TACOMA: School district throws away taxpayer dollars

Letter by Helen M. Rickey, Tacoma on Jan. 26, 2011 at 2:10 pm | 5 Comments »
January 26, 2011 2:10 pm

Re: “Schools could absorb Foss closure” (letter, 1-26).

The Tacoma School District’s response to my letter to the editor (1-24), claims “corrected” enrollment numbers are updated to show still undefined numbers of students enrolled. This paid spokesman says the district believes many upcoming students will choose alternatives. Clearly, these alternative schools, which serve a small percentage of our most affluent families, are supported at the cost of our public comprehensive high schools.

After spending millions of dollars remodeling Foss, primarily to move students out of the portables and into actual classrooms, our school district suggests Foss students attend classes in portables elsewhere. Art Jarvis and the school board should not return us to overcrowded “all-time high enrollment.” We need to put students first, utilizing facilities that taxpayers already funded.

Please stop looking only at projections and consider actual students currently enrolled in our city. Students will be irreparably harmed by the closure of Foss. Closing Foss displaces special education students that were rejected from the other high schools.

In fact, Foss has a most diverse student family of all abilities and contributions. IB students, whose hard work will not come to fruition without the opportunity to complete IB testing, will suffer a blow not only personally, but around the world, and be the first closing of any IB certified school.

Please do not scatter our students, teachers and staff members and make them refugees in other schools that will be impacted as well.

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