As a one room school, Brick is well past its usefulness.
Consider the disadvantage those kindergarters have compared to their counterparts in the other elementary schools. Yes, they have a fine teacher and assistant. Do they have in school access to the remainder of the school facilities like
- The gym, to play with others in their grade? No.
- The cafeteria, to mingle with others in their grade level? No.
- The library to explore for books and resources to use? No.
- Upper grade students who can "buddy" with them on collaborative learning projects? No.
Franklin has set a record for operating a one room school. No one can take this from us. There is no need to continue. In today's environment, it is no longer a valuable experience to be educated in that room. I do not want to condone an imperfect education being granted to some students while a much better experience is provided to the remainder of their peers.
The Brick School build can be useful for some other functions but as a classroom to provide a quality education, the time has come to close it.
The cost of the Brick School is a drop in the bucket. The more important issue overall is how we handle the budget override. As you may be aware, I have written extensively on those reasons over the last several weeks. If you are not aware, you can read the Franklin Override Collection here.
Vote Yes, May 22
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