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Board analyzes MMS numbers

By Jill Ballinger

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How is it in the best

How is it in the best interest of the kids to expose Kindergarteners to words and behaviors of 8th graders? (For example, weapons, drugs, and alcohol, which there has been plenty of at MMS.) I think that the increase of children, decrease of staff and lack of space at Woodland and MES are being overlooked. This is going to become a safety issue on the school campuses. Maybe the board needs to actually get out to the schools and see for themselves how having K-8 at the elementary schools can lead to a safety concern. I like the idea of a 6th through 8th grade. They should find a way to make that work by cutting back on administration.

I'm a little disappointed in

I'm a little disappointed in Mr Henderson's response. He seems to have already made up his mind based on doing things the way he's used to seeing them done. That, to me, is a very closed minded response. Why is it the way to go to put Kindergartners on the same campus with 8th graders? Why is it the way to go to pack all the K-8's onto two campuses instead of spreading them out over three? It seems to me that the obvious place to make cuts is in the administration. If this district used to have a lot more kids then it has now, and cuts are being made to scale back the staff that actually deals with the kids, why wouldn't it then be necessary to cut back the administration that isn't quite as necessary as it was when there were more kids?

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