School plan is poorly conceived

shortchanges all I am...

February 13, 2000

School plan is poorly conceived; shortchanges all

I am writing in response to your glowing editorial congratulating the Carroll County Board of Education on its vision and forethought on the proposed redistricting (Redrawing school lines, Feb. 2).

Have you actually reviewed this plan? As it stands, my children, who live 2.5 miles from Liberty High School and 3.2 miles from Oklahoma Middle School in Sykesville (where we live by the way), will be bused over 12 miles to Westminster High School and almost 15 miles to West Middle School in Westminster.

I think that families deserve more consideration than this. If I had wanted my children to attend schools in Westminster, I would have purchased a home there.

The biggest reason children will need to be bused so far is that the school board planned poorly when choosing sites for the new middle and high schools. They are building the new schools north and west of Westminster when even they will acknowledge that most growth is taking place south and east.

In order to fill these new schools and ease overcrowding, children are being bumped north to school outside of their communities.

This isnt fair. If the school board was really concerned about the children, it would be building community schools instead of mega-education complexes.

Both Liberty High and Westminster High are overcrowded. Where does the county choose to build a new High School? North of Westminster High.

Now, logically, it would make more sense to build a new high school in Finksburg, which is between Sykesville and Westminster. This would also maintain the integrity of the community.

Parents in Carroll County invest a lot of time as volunteers within the schools, and back the schools financially when it comes to computers, gym equipment, etc. that the budget doesnt allow for. I think we are being shortchanged by the board once again.

Tracy L. Burke

Sykesville

The metric system is right where it belongs

Regarding U.S. metrification (Just inching along, OpinionCommentary, Jan. 23): Weve already gone metric enough.

The government has already forced what it can enforce: no more can one purchase a fifth of whiskey.

I do not find this hard to swallow. It would take me a lifetime to use 750 milliliters of gin anyway, so maybe the government has saved me a little cabinet space.

I havent spent any time wondering why soda comes in one-liter and two-liter bottles, but imported German beer comes in 12-ounce bottles. My refrigerator has enough cubic feet for all. We teach the inch and the pint and the pound to our elementary school children precisely because they are what the child will encounter in life.

Any child who can use a pocket calculator to multiply by 1.6 or 2.54 or divide by 2.2 has what it takes to deal with the metric system.

The metric system is part of the language of science and is part of our schools science curriculum, right where it belongs. It takes about ten minutes to learn if you missed that day in grade school.

Jeffry D. Mueller

Eldersburg

School board member supports Holt, Nevin

March 7 is the primary election to narrow the Board of Education race from 24 candidates to four.

The board is responsible for managing 55 percent of your tax dollars and for overseeing the education of 27,000 students in Carroll County public schools. You need to chose who will best serve our children in this election.

As the newest member of the BOE, I thank you for your overwhelming support in the last election and during my first year in office.

Unfortunately, there is a justifiable amount of discontent with the current school board. I agree that the time has come for a major change in the way business is done. That change will only happen with the election of two new board members in November.

Obviously, I have a great interest in who will serve on the board with me and I am encouraging the voters of Carroll County to consider two excellent candidates, Susan Holt and Stephen Nevin.

Both have children in Carroll County public schools and have been active in the schools and in the community for many years. They are community leaders with long resumes of working with county government and community organizations for the good of the children in our county.

They are both very aware of the fiscal responsibilities associated with public service and are dedicated to directing our limited tax dollars into the classroom.

They are willing to make the necessary commitment of time and energy to be active board members by visiting schools, meeting with teachers, involving PTAs, working cooperatively with county and state government and most importantly being available and accountable to the communityHolt and Nevin are willing to ask the tough questions, seek responsible answers and follow through to ensure the system is serving the needs of our children. Their track record speaks for itself.

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