Proposal to close Ericcson School wrong for many reasons


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Posted Online: May 01, 2013, 11:00 pm
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The superintendent's recommended plan for Moline-Coal Valley schools is really no plan. It is so empty of specifics and full of unknowns that it is impossible for parents or the school board to reach a consensus, or even be called a plan.

The recommendation would abandon two vital support systems from which the kids reap many benefits and which costs the school district nothing:

-- The Boys & Girls Club provides after-school activities, mentoring and leadership development;

-- The Moline Police Substation provides role-modeling, gang opposition, and homework assistance.

Both were and are funded by extensive public/private partnerships including the City, foundations, businesses, and individuals. Both these entities were established to purposely be in close proximity to Ericcson, and work in effective synergy with Ericcson administrators, teachers, and parents to give the students a solid foundation for educational success.

Ericcson is the anchor and the magnet of the neighborhood.

Floreciente does not need a community center; Ericcson already IS the community center.

I urge all concerned to contact school board members, as well as 1st Ward Ald. John Knaack, to express your opinion. For the benefit of the kids and the neighborhhood, I respectfully ask that the proposal to close Ericcson be rejected, and the district find other ways to achieve savings.

Carmen Fuentes,
Carmen's Jewelry,
Moline















 




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