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BETHEL: Transition proving overly disruptive

Letter by Nathan J. Siegel, Graham on Sep. 11, 2012 at 12:56 pm | 1 Comment »
September 11, 2012 2:04 pm

Re: “Many changes in store as school begins” (TNT, 9-2).

The article is about the Bethel School District transitioning its grades 7-9 junior high schools to grades 6-8 middle schools. The article stated that mostly freshmen and sophomores from Graham-Kapowsin High School would be attending classes in a barricaded wing of Frontier Middle School. This is, in fact, not true.

The students attending classes at the middle school are almost entirely juniors and seniors. The desks at Frontier were not created with junior- and senior-sized people in mind. Also, with the wing blocked off to the rest of the school, students must walk back to Graham-Kapowsin if they need to use the restroom.

Lunches at Graham-Kapowsin are also disastrous, as the lunchroom was not built to accommodate 630 or more students. Extra tables are set up every day, turning the lunchroom into a maze. Merely getting in line for lunch is difficult at best. The added students and tables also pose an obvious fire hazard.

I heard that the administration at Graham-Kapowsin had turned down the idea of four lunch periods, which may have solved the problem. In addition, the “Link Crew” leaders have not taken the concerns of juniors and seniors seriously, telling them to “make the best of it.”

Hopefully, in the future, student concerns will not be taken as lightly, so that at least the lower classmen can fully enjoy their high school career.

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