If you value neighborhood schools, vote against the Ogden bond initiative

Sunday , November 05, 2017 - 6:00 AM17 comments

There arrived in my mailbox recently a brochure from Ogden School District being sent to every household in the district, advertising the coming vote Nov. 7 on a proposed $106.5 million school bond issue. The flyer is remarkable for the information it omits. Nowhere in it will voters learn that, if the bond passes, about half of Ogden’s neighborhood public elementary schools will be closed or torn down and replaced with three centralized big-box schools designed to hold 800-plus students each. Nary a word about the bigger schools.

There also arrived in my mailbox a flyer from Friends of Ogden Schools urging a “yes” vote on the bond. And nowhere in it will you discover that a “yes” vote will mean four of Ogden’s neighborhood public elementary schools will be replaced with three big-box central schools into which up to 800-plus students can be bused and crammed. Nary a word about the bigger schools.

And then I received a copy of a small flyer from OSD being sent home with every Ogden student urging parents to vote “yes” on the bond. And nowhere in it will voters learn that the board, if the bond passes, will replace four neighborhood elementary schools with centralized huge schools holding up to 800-plus students. Again, nary a word about the bigger schools.

Not surprising, really. If I were behind the extraordinarily bad idea of replacing neighborhood elementary schools with big-box warehouse central schools of 800-plus students, and I was worried that the bond was in trouble, I wouldn’t want to remind voters what will happen if it passes either.

A “no” vote will tell the Ogden School Board to go back to the drawing board and submit a new bond proposal that will repair, rebuild and upgrade Ogden schools (all very much needed) and provide students the 21st century education they need and deserve without attacking Ogden’s neighborhood public elementary schools.

If you value local neighborhood elementary schools, vote no Nov. 7th.

Robert A. Becker

Ogden

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