Our children’s education is of the upmost importance; they are the future of our society. Children need stability and consistency in order to thrive. A school is a community within a larger community, it takes time to meet people and build trusting relationships. If we change the environment and the people involved in our children’s education, our children and their education could suffer, especially if multiple changes are made at the same time. In order to create the best learning environment our children need to feel safe and secure.
In the interest of our children, it does not make sense to put them on buses and transport them seven to ten miles away from their neighborhood schools to different unknown community. Our children would be on the bus a minimum of 30-40 minutes a day, not counting the time spent stopping and letting children on and off the bus. The school day is already seven hours long, adding 30-40 minutes of extra time spent sitting on a bus to our children’s day is too much, especially for the younger ones. Additionally, this would add extra costs to a situation where money should be saved, not spent for both the school district and parents who choose to drive their own children to school.
I do not want my children moved from school to school throughout their elementary education experience. What may look good on paper to the school board right now can change in the future. This is a temporary solution to a permanent problem. I understand we cannot afford to build a new elementary school at this time, but until it is built I do not want my child attending a school outside of our community for the reason of overcrowding. The district can bring in modular classrooms or cut costs elsewhere; not at the expense of our children.
We need to remember our children and their education are the reasons we have schools. This should be our primary purpose. There are other ways to cut spending. We do not want the school boundaries changed in Fruita, and our children shuffled around. Please consider other options to cut money, as this idea does not encourage the best potential our children have.