I knew that when I learned about the closing of West Side Magnet School it would be the first of many unfortunate years to come, for our school system.
It did not surprise me to learn that in the next few years, budget cuts will leave little room for anything but more school closings. While one can understand that it is expensive to run a school, it makes no sense to me to waste the space. This is especially true in the case of West Side Magnet school. While the building remains unused, the electricity is still on. Also there are computers, and various other valuable supplies still in many of the rooms.
This seems like a complete waste of money and usable space. Why are we still providing electricity to a school that has been closed for seven months? Why are there still supplies in the classrooms, shouldn’t they be moved and used in another school? What can be done with this building in our community?
Has anyone else wondered about the possibility of converting this old school into a charter school? At least that way the space and electricity wouldn’t be wasted. I know there are people in this community with intelligence to contribute! There are educators, parents, and members of the general public who are passionate about the future of the chi ldren in this community. And that my friends, is an excellent combination for a great educational foundation. Are there any better ideas for something this school could be used for?
This is a call for anyone who would like to get together and brainstorm.