Letter: If we’re going to rebuild a school, let’s do it right
Mr. Larson’s letter of Oct. 20 ("Disapproves request for state help with new school") raises more questions than answers. The insurance money, if I understand it correctly, would not put the school back to the state it was in prior to the storm, much less bring it up to current standards. The location and the alternate across the road were good ones 20 years ago, but with today’s growth spreading further out into the county and both sides resting on what should be expensive real estate (17 corridor), are either one great ones 20 years from now? Look at the traffic on 17 now and add 20 years of growth: See my point?
While Mr. Larson believes every parent is capable of giving their child the education necessary to compete in today’s world and training professionals don’t, he apparently doesn’t take into consideration some of those "boomerangs" he alludes to having kids. I certainly would not have wanted my children taught only by me. If a child can’t write well, look first at those parents. If they can’t even reinforce what is taught in school, what is your next plan?
What Gloucester and most communities in this country need are world-class schools focused on preparing children of all levels for working in a changing world. Money spent on math, science and technology, whether computer or industrial, translates into employable citizens and a pool for new industries thinking to locate here. Other subjects are also important, but the point is that subjects our major competitors are crushing us in are areas where we need to excel.
Contrary to Mr. Larson, since we have a school that needs rebuilding, let’s do it right. Right place, right equipment, right curriculum, and, yes, spend the money carefully because the kids that attend that school may well be the ones paying the taxes that pay for most of it. As for our governor, the right thing to do is often the unpopular one. Should he be concerned with polls or kids?