Prioritize building walls at South High Community School
  • Petitioned Joseph M. Petty

This petition was delivered to:

Mayor
Joseph M. Petty
School Committee
Tracy O'Connell Novick
City Councilor
Sarai Rivera
City Councilor
Joseph O'Brien
City Councilor
Tony Economou
School Committee
Jack Foley
School Committee
Donna Colorio

Prioritize building walls at South High Community School

    1. David LeBoeuf
    2. Petition by

      David LeBoeuf

      Worcester, MA

It's almost impossible to conceive that school buildings still exist in our country where classrooms don't have walls. The use of dividers makes for a difficult learning environment, especially for those who have learning challenges or are English Language Learners. Despite all of the infrastructural challenges, students and staff at South High have made great strides in improving AP scores, graduation rates, and the number of students who move on to college.

South is a school rich in diversity. It has the largest non-white population of all of Worcester's high schools and the largest number of students with limited English proficiency. This petition is asking our officials to make sure that South does not get left behind when they are preparing their requests for funding from the state. It asks not that building walls at South be done at the expense of other projects, but rather that other project requests in the work are not pushed forward at the expense of South. Worcester is a City that prides itself on the quality of its education and the beacon of opportunity this community offers everyone. Let's make sure that all of our students have access to the same quality education and facilities conductive to a strong learning environment, regardless of their background.

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    • Grace Duffy WORCESTER, MA
      • over 2 years ago

      I'm a proud South alum who believes strongly that the community needs to invest in this school. It's incredible what South students achieve and give back to the city in their current learning environment, imagine what they could do with walls!

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    • Stephen Rutkiewicz MILLBURY, MA
      • over 2 years ago

      I grew up in Worcester Public, attended Doherty Memorial, and did my teaching Pre-Practicum at South High. The place needs walls. I have other friends and colleagues who attended or work at South who would agree also.

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    • Laurie Abernathy WORCESTER, MA
      • over 2 years ago

      I was on the first graduating class from Chandler Elementary School and it had room dividers instead of walls. Which was very distracting. I am sure that at the high school level the students must be very irritated and frustrated because it is hard to focus.

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    • April Frye WORCESTER, MA
      • over 2 years ago

      to help the teachers keep their classes focused, I went to South in the 90's, it's hard to concentrate with no walls

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    • Ricardo Valentin WORCESTER, MA
      • over 2 years ago

      I graduated in 2011 and I always would have loved to see students be able to concentrate in class without having to worry about distracting noises coming from surrounding classes.

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