School's Out...Forever?

When proposals become reality.

In the 2008 election, we were promised "Change We Can Believe In".

For some people, that may be true. But for others, change is a problem, and sometimes hurts.

I understand having to deal with change.  My family moved four times in the first 15 years of my life, and, for me at least, the transition and the acclimation had its problems.

For roughly 25 years, I've covered the permanent closings of schools, mostly elementary schools, in Wood, Washington and, occasionally, in surrounding counties.

The latest may be Worthington Elementary, which was mentioned in a presentation at Tuesday night's Wood County Board of Education meeting.

The presentation included a cautionary note: that, for the moment at least, it's "just a proposal".

And Sue Woodward, a long-time educator at Wood County Schools, reminded me that there have been proposed school building closings which did not take effect.  She mentioned Fairplains Elementary, which, indeed, is still in operation.  I can think of others, such as Neale Elementary in Vienna.

But, while I don't have an exact count, I recall a lot more whose proposed closings became closings, period.

The immediate aftermath is following a familiar pattern: parents are concerned, because their children enjoy going to Worthington (although one parent said there are problems there which, indeed, might be good reasons to shut Worthington down).  Some of those parents are likely to be present at a public meeting on May 6th.

But for these parents and youngsters, the real concern might be change.  Not Change We Can Believe In, but change we don't have to deal with. And it may be that, sooner or later, they will have to deal with it.

Believable or not, whether we like it or not, change is inevitable.

 

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