Letters to the Editor

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Tag: Foss High School

Jan.
25th

TACOMA: Closing Foss would have negative impact

I assume that one of the primary goals of Tacoma School Superintendent Art Jarvis and the Tacoma School Board is to achieve a positive impact on the educational experience of the students. Yet they are proposing that Henry Foss High School be temporarily closed to meet projected budget shortfalls.

While the negative impacts of such a closure to the educational experience for the students currently attending Henry Foss High School are fairly obvious, it is also safe to assume that taking the Foss students and crowding them into the remaining high schools would also have a substantial negative impact

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Jan.
25th

TACOMA: Closure isn’t the solution

The idea of closing Foss and other schools is absolutely the worst problem solving there is.
Upper management could be streamlined or reduce salaries.

Schools are the future of the country; in fact, we need to give all we can to this cause. Qualified teachers have to be treated with high regards and supported.

Regular meeting should be in place for teachers to find ways to improve the system and their skills. It should be mandatory.

The idea of closure stresses other schools and teachers. Is totally out of line.
There needs to be another way out of

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Jan.
25th

TACOMA: Foss is a home away from home

As the hype of the possible closure of Henry Foss High School circulates throughout Facebook pages, newspaper articles, letters and the buzz all over school, it saddens me to think this year could really be my last.

As a junior at Henry Foss, the news strikes a nerve. For three years now Foss has become like a second home to me. I partake in the International Baccalaureate program, I am the vice president for an environmental club and participate in many of the school functions.

I have come across amazing friends; teachers who taught me how to become a leader,

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Jan.
25th

TACOMA: Is public input on Foss even wanted?

I have been following with dismay the ongoing discussion about the potential closure of Foss High School. I understand the budgetary constraints facing the school district, and cuts will undoubtedly need to be made. What troubles me, however, is the process leading to the decision.

For example, the school board recently scheduled a meeting at Foss, presumably seeking public input about the closure. The meeting is to take place at 5 p.m. Thursday. The school board further indicated that those who wish to submit comments must arrive even earlier to fill out a comment card.

Regular school board meetings begin

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Jan.
25th

TACOMA: Schools could absorb Foss closure

Re: “Foss closure would lead to crowding” (letter, 1-24).

The writer argues that closing Foss High would overcrowd the remaining four comprehensive high schools. And she uses the original Oct. 1, 2010 enrollment statistics to make a reasonable calculation.

However, the corrected high school enrollment figures for the current school year came in less than the original Oct. 1 estimates. And the district’s demographic projections show high school enrollment overall will continue a multiyear slide next school year and decline further, at least through 2016.

In addition, we anticipate some growth next fall in alternative high school programs and a

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Jan.
24th

TACOMA: Closing Foss makes fiscal sense

With the pending closure of Foss High School, people are not thinking clearly how much it costs to run partially filled school buildings to those at capacity.

Foss has a capacity of around 1,700 students, and the enrollment now is around 1,100 students, about 600 students lower than it can be. Other schools also show lower-than- capacity enrollments.

When you factor in the cost to run these partially full buildings – including staff, utilities and maintenance – you have higher costs to teach a number of students than it would be to teach that same number of students in fewer

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Jan.
21st

TACOMA: Foss closure would affect all district high schools

The recent announcement by Tacoma School Superintendent Art Jarvis of his desire to close Foss High School would on the surface seem to be a problem affecting only those at Foss High School. This decision will affect all of the high schools.

Every parent with a child in a Tacoma high school needs to get involved. The four remaining schools will receive the Foss students if Jarvis gets his way. This will lead to overcrowding. As student population expands, so do the problems. Safety becomes a concern. Quality of the education suffers.

What about the upperclassmen? How do former school

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Jan.
20th

TACOMA: Closing Foss endangers IB program

After spending four years in the halls of Foss High School and experiencing what I currently consider the best years of my life, I find it hard to believe that there are people who would seriously consider closing down this school (TNT, 1-16).

Foss is one of the most unique high schools around due to its strong community and the International Baccalaureate program that brings in some of the most outstanding students both in the district and outside of the district.

If district officials truly believe that they can “move” the program to another school, I think they’ll find themselves

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