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School spending favors sports rather than academics

To The Herald-Whig:

There are always two sides to a story and there is another side concerning Flinn Stadium that needs to be told.

Dennis Peters, district maintenance director called an electrician to check out the field at Flinn concerning the electric wires under the field that were reported to be hazardous to players. Scott Stone an electrical engineer talked with Dennis about the electrician's findings:  The electric wires were originally placed three feet beneath the surface. Hence no cleats will be touching those wires putting players in danger. Therefore the use of life safety bonds is a bogus one.

This is another story that is not being told: Many supplies ran out in early spring for classrooms teachers, and volunteers and aides were paying for supplies. Generally speaking, there is only one computer per classroom; life safety bonds can be used for these needs. The teachers deserve that basic support.

Finally, all this talk about the kids and their achieving is sounding disingenuous when funds are lacking for classroom supplies, and some of those needs could be served by this life safety bonds fund. The music and sports groups claim that their students achieve academically more than the remaining students. The students in the above mentioned activities have greater parental support than the rest of the students and parental support is paramount in student achievement.

I would like to see The Herald Whig be more objective about our school system; for when manipulation is taking place so that one group, i.e. sports is favored over the remaining majority of students, the students are not getting the fair representation from our School Board that many of its members say they are there to see happen.

Charlotte Tournear


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