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Recommends Gathman column on ‘Turning other cheek’

Updated: March 28, 2013 6:12AM

Lauding Gathman’s column on ‘Turning other cheek’

The article “Turning the Other Cheek” (Sunday) by Dave Gathman is one of the reasons I have subscribed to The Courier for over 50 years.

For any of you who get the Courier and missed his Page 2 article on Sunday, go dig it out of your pile of newspapers and read it.

If you haven’t seen “Les Miserables,” go see it. I, like Dave, have seen the play in London, have the 10th and 25th anniversary concert DVDs from Royal Albert Hall in London, and have seen the movie three times.

Its stories of love and redemption cannot be told any better, and Dave’s article takes us into the present and challenges us to do likewise: You can show your love and you can be redeemed, so let’s do both. Our society needs both badly.

Dave, thank you again for this powerful piece.

Donald Nish


U46 must re-visit mobile classrooms, boundaries

It is time to address school boundaries in School District U46. This is long overdue.

It is absolutely (essential) that we have boundaries that are based on population and are done so in an open and transparent process. We are all aware of what happened last time the boundaries were addressed. The boundaries were not ideal eight years ago and, based on the changes in the district since then, they make even less sense now. Did you know there are 29 mobile units (trailers) being used for classes in the district today? Some of these are doubles, thus a total of 51 classrooms in these 29 mobile units. This is down from where it was a few years ago, but 51 mobile classrooms is far too many, especially considering there are empty classrooms in the district.

There is no excuse to have teachers and students in a mobile unit when a classroom at a different school would be available. These mobile classrooms pose a number of issues. One issue is the safety concern. No matter how safe a school building is, a trailer is never going to be as safe. There is also the added cost to buy or rent the mobile unit, run power to the unit, connect it to the school bell and alarm system, etc. There is also a significant cost to doing away with the mobile units if we don’t address the boundaries. For example, Ontarioville Elementary School is slated to get a $2.8 million addition to add five classrooms and do away with their mobile units. The addition is proposed to be done, while Horizon Elementary — which is less than two miles away from Ontarioville Elementary School — is at approximately 53 percent capacity.

It is high time the board, or new board, be willing to address the boundaries in a logical way that takes the changing population into consideration and does so in a way that can further reduce, or better yet, eliminate the need for mobile classrooms.

Frank Napolitano

Candidate for Dist. U46 School Board


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