To the editor: Reader frustrated with old and new middle school
To the editor: I just read the Nov. 30 edition of the Pine Journal about the Cloquet schools and can't believe what I read. I think Superintendent Scarbrough should pay the citizens for all the bad decisions he has passed on to the board and it's...
To the editor:
I just read the Nov. 30 edition of the Pine Journal about the Cloquet schools and can't believe what I read.
I think Superintendent Scarbrough should pay the citizens for all the bad decisions he has passed on to the board and it's time for voters to elect new board members. The present board may have gone on to higher education, but I think the common citizen could make better decisions.
Instead of making repairs as needed to the old middle school, they let them go because they wanted a new school. The audit report says the maintenance expense has gone down. Yes, this is true because repairs were not made until the damage was so bad it cost more.
In reading further, Scarbrough said the sale of the old middle school was moving forward quickly. It's time to stop the sale. Scarbrough goes on to state they may move some or all of the school district offices currently in the Garfield School to leased space in the former middle school.
Why do we need to lease this space? We need to do this because the new school is overcrowded already. In a few years, they will be asking for more money to add on to the new school and do as they did this last time: have the election when the snowbirds are gone, hope for a snow storm (like last time) and only one place to vote.
It's time for either the Pine Journal or the board talk to students in the middle school and their parents to see the problems. I have heard the class sizes are at the maximum, the students have to wait in line for lunch and don't have enough time to eat, and have problems with storing their books. Let's talk to the students to find out what their feelings are about the new school.