ONE WITH A BAD IDEA – THE OTHER MAKING IT WORSE
According to the Dominion Post today, Brookhaven Elementary needs an addition. Apparently it’s overcrowded. That overcrowding could be relieved by sending nearby Sabraton area children to a new elementary in Woodburn.
What elementary school is not already overcrowded or bursting at the seams? The Mon School District is on track to recklessly slash the number of elementary schools from 15 to 10 in seven years, 2005-2012.
Apparently only Cheat Lake Elementary has some extra room, but that school would be huge or overcrowded too if the nearby Canyon Road and Easton area children were sent there.
And it does seem likely that Mon Schools intends to redistrict those children away from any green school to Cheat Lake Elementary.
Mon Schools likely has to go through the charade of keeping some Easton area kids at the new green school for a few years before shifting them via “redistricting” to Cheat Lake. The green school is said to be (by grant) an Easton/Woodburn school but in such a shift would really be a Woodburn area/705-sprawl school.
That’s the only way the school district can make 10 elementary schools work. They need 11. At the very least. They can’t bring themselves to admit that they need to split North Elementary into two schools and reduce class size in the process. Apparently they don’t care. The public needs to force them to maintain 11 elementary schools, at least. That means two new schools, not just one new green school. And that’s the white elephant in the room that dares not speak its name. Only by having enough facilities can the district begin to get serious about reducing class size, which (now, former, school board member) Mike Kelly appropriately notes is crucial.
The public needs to force the school board to do the appropriate thing, which they appear hell-bent on not doing.
WVU could help in all this by selling land for a new school near but not on 705. WVU must sell worthy land, not the crap land that WVU President James Clements is currently intent on dumping on Mon Schools as an inglorious way to cap his first year.
WVU should sell good land for 705 area school children. In the meantime, Woodburn, Jerome Park, Hartman Run Road, Easton, Sabraton, and Downtown schoolchildren need a school of their own in their own general non-sprawl area.
Morgantown, as a city, needs a city school like Woodburn, to help the city neighborhoods revitalize, and to help keep the Morgantown area diverse. Time to stop gutting the city.
WVU needs to be active in resisting Mon Schools’ anti-city and anti-educational process of gutting the Morgantown area of elementary schools.