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Greeley Hill residents vow to open local school in August

By Jill Ballinger

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The children of Greeley Hill

The children of Greeley Hill need their own school. Its not a good idea to bus 5 year olds and older children 45 minutes on buses to attend a school out of their own community. Leaving your own home to attend a school in another community will never make the school feel like your own. Parents want their children closer to home in case of emergencies and who can blame them for feeling that way. Here's the point Mr Anonymous, its not about you, the school district or Mr.Jones - what matters is what's good for the children. Three more things Sir, Mr. Jones does not take office until November, he appears to be following up on promises made in his recent campaign and if you are so concerned with Greeley Hill you'd think you could spell our community correctly. You sound bitter.

Dear Anonymous: I will use

Dear Anonymous: I will use my name because I know what I'm talking about. Merlin Jones IS NOT trying to "stick it to Don Pedro and a charter school" there. What an absurd statement. The first Greeley Hill school was built nearly 100 years ago and had it not been closed by the MCUSD it would soon be celebrating a centenial of continuous service to youngsters. Lake Don Pedro didn't even exist for most of that history. As a member of the Coulterville and Greeley Hill Education Committee I can tell you that the MCUSD could have kept Greeley Hill school open with Small Necessary School Funding. They could have kept Cathys Valley open too! It was a matter of priorities and miscalulations. Extra funds from the Necessary Small Schools have been "borrowed" and sent to other schools in Mariposa for years. Schools reported in MCUSD Board minutes as their, "cash cow." It was a miscalulation and thinking about going to a Basic Aid funding system that caused this. That miscalulation coupled with the $8 million dollars spent on a Gym and Multipurpose Building in Lake Don Pedro between Mariposa and Tuolumne County schools has left the two school districts with debt they didn't expect and obviously didn't predict. My question is: Who, connected with the Lake Don Pedro Home Owners Associacion, promoted those expensive buildings? Buildings that tax payers in both counties are now having to pay for? Lake Don Pedro and Greeley Hill students have historically never been linked until this past year. The assertion that Merlin Jones is doing this to "stick it" to a charter school in LDP is just wrong. I have worked with Merlin Jones and as an advocate for children's education I was once against charter schools. Merlin was able to convince me about how much he cares for children and their educational opportunities and that includes children in Lake Don Pedro.

Merlin jones, just moments in

Merlin jones, just moments in office and can't wait to stick it to Don Pedro. Our charter school is providing a great, safe educational program for the children of Greely Hill. 18 love our programs and good old mj can't wait to hurt Mariposa Co Ed. WOW..another fool..

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Merlin is doing what he has

Merlin is doing what he has always done as a Greeley Hill resident. He is working to improve and safeguard the quality of life in Greeley Hill and throughout the North District. There is a need for the children of Greeley Hill to have a school. Merlin is only part of a team that will create a unique and high-quality educational opportunity to use as a model for other rural community schools. If your program is better and your students and parents feel you have provided what is best for them in comparison to what will be offered in Greeley Hill, why should you be worried?

In answer to Anonymous: The

In answer to Anonymous: The residents of Greeley need a school. We are not trying to stick it to Don Pedro, we are not trying to hurt the school district. We would be very happy if the Board of Education would reopen our school. If the Golden Lakes charter school had opened in Greeley Hill, where there is no school, rather than in Don Pedro where there is a school, we would have embraced it. But we do not think it is right to have little children get up very early and ride a bus down that long grade to Don Pedro. Families are moving away, our entire community is suffering. We will do whatever we have to do to get a school.

What a bogus comment!

What a bogus comment! Mariposa CO Ed. closed (CGR) Coulterville-Greeley Hill school. CGR school has nearly 100 years history and is one of the oldest continuously operating schools in CA. Don Pedro didn't even exist for much of that history. The charter school in Don Pedro is in Tuolumne Co., not Mariposa. Lake Don Pedro, Mariposa and Tuolumne have stuck tax payers for over $8 million for their new Gym and Multipurpose Buildings. My question is: Who on the LDP Home Owners Association strongly advocated for those buildings? That's where the financial problems start. The charter schools are simply community efforts to care for kids. As a committee member with the charter school initiative spoken of for Greeley Hill above I can tell you that Merlin Jones has talked strongly about caring for the educational opportunities of all kids, both in Greeley Hill and LDP. I just don't see where your comment that Merlin Jones is trying to "stick it to Don Pedro" (your charter school) is coming from? It is crass to call him a fool based on such nonsense. Greeley Hill kids, until this year with the closure of their school had never in the previous 96 years, been connected to Lake Don Pedro! Dr. Monty Thornburg, (Ph.D., Education)

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