Students learn talk is cheap

Editor:

Re: School funding good for students and politicians, too, Nov. 3.

Editor:

Re: School funding good for students and politicians, too, Nov. 3.

It was nice of columnist Frank Bucholtz to point out the great move the politicians made in finally directing more funding to the school districts.

As a parent of two, I agree with him. It is a long overdue decision.

But let’s not pat the politicians on the back too quickly.

The last time they promised more money to education – as Bucholtz mentions – was back in 2005. Back then, Sunnyside Elementary was singled out as one of the schools to be rebuilt and expanded.

It is now six years later and we are still waiting for someone – Finance Minister Kevin Falcon? – to sign the final paperwork so that construction can begin.

In the meantime, the students are still attending a school that is at least 60 years old with a sewer system that has a tendency to back up into the library occasionally.

The architectural drawings for the new school were created a few years ago, and I’ve been informed that with the increase in development in the Grandview Heights and surrounding area, if the new school opened next September, we would already need 10 portables to accommodate all of the students.

I wonder how many it will be when the school does actually open some year?

Talk is cheap, especially when it comes from a politician. Promises are only as great as the action that comes from them. Let’s see some.

Colleen Bacon, Surrey

 

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