2011-04-28 / Front Page


Board hears emotional pleas to save two schools
By Jill Ballinger GAZETTE EDITOR

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I am a lifelong resident of

I am a lifelong resident of Catheys Valley and I attended school at Mariposa Elementary as my parents chose for me to attend a larger school with more opportunities rather than go to school at Catheys Valley Elementary. My family had no problem driving me the short distance to Mariposa and I feel my educational experience at MES was better than it would have been at CVE. The quality of education at MES is high and to say that one would have to "sacrifice my child's education at MES" is false. It is expensive to keep a school running for a few students when they could receive a quality education at another school a short distance away. Students from Catheys Valley already travel to the middle school and high school, how difficult is it to travel to the elementary school?

If one looks at the origin of

If one looks at the origin of the perspective of where reponsibility lies with the financial health and the academic structure of the schools in question it is obvious that the parents and citizens who are directly involved do not accept that responsibility. If they did, they will realize that they have the power to save their schools. The parents who opened those schools did so with full posession of the responsibility that their children will be educated to the best of their ability. The State need not nor should not be involved. As with the generations that made this country great these parents can have a better school because they are running the program. Cowboy Up! Take the reigns and be the example of success not a bunch whining losers.

While I know that the

While I know that the connections these families have with their school, the disparaging statements about MES are cruel and unfair. For Tammy Guenthart to say that she would have to "sacrifice her child's education at MES" is a slap in the face to everyone who works there. Shame on you! Cathey's Valley residents need to stop this snobby attitude, MES is a terrific school and they don't realize that from the distance that they are throwing rocks from.

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