my reply to the one high School idea
Two High Schools are better than one
I appreciate the good
intentions of the Tribune's editors as well as those of the Duluth school
principals who believe that a single high school will bring harmony to
75 percent of
The most obvious question your editorial fails to ask is this: Whatís wrong with two high schools?
Some people argue that two
high schools will divide the city into rich and poor extremes. Thatís
ridiculous, Neither Central or Denfeld, the non "cake-eater"
schools, are anything like an inner city school.
I know that the visionaries
who want a single high school are convinced that we can have a fantastic
unified campus with several different schools within schools. It sounds
wonderful but lets be honest. Two high schools would also be a great way to
educate our kids. Most of us baby boomers went to schools the same size as
I am personally chagrinned at
the insistence of several school board members on keeping 6th grade
students in our middle schools. This is the real reason we have been given the
single high school plan. Anybody who has listened to our administrators has
heard them say time and time again that we can give kids in a 7-9 school
building a perfectly good education.
For two years I have been
suggesting a simple, cost effective plan. Up to now no one has paid any
attention to it. This is my plan. Retain East and
This plan does not require a
forty million dollar bond referendum and it will save a million or more
dollars annually. There are two other benefits to this plan. It is blessedly
simple and it wonít cause pandemonium in western
Our job as school board members requires us to disappoint someone, not because we want to, but because we have to. Forget the five year transition to a single high school. We can shrink our schools in one or two years with little fuss or muss. This will end a decade of travail in the Duluth Schools. All it requires is a School Board with the intestinal fortitude to do whatís right and the common sense to avoid the siren song of utopia.
District, School Board