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Impossible to see, the future is July 16, 2008

Posted by davegoblog in Berea, Cleveland, Family, Future, Parenting, Personal, Star Wars.
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Anna and I went to a “Q & A” meeting last night regarding the Berea City School District’s plan to renovate and/or replace five of seven elementary schools and to close the remaining two elementary schools.  Enrollment in the district has declined about 7% over the past 10 years, and it is expected to fall another 8% in the next 10 years.  In addition, operational costs for these seven 40+ year old schools continue to rise due to their less energy efficient structures as well as increasing energy prices.

Closing two of the elementary schools (one of which Rosie attends) is a very emotional issue.  They are at the heart of two communties where our children are growing and learning everyday.  No one wants their school to be closed.  We don’t want to lose our teachers, principals, custodians, and our connectedness with them.  In an ideal world, there would not be these difficult situations.

The real world (and all that goes with it) is where most of us live, and it requires us to make tough choices and decisions.  Anna and I have seen this with our congregation’s recent vote to accept Baldwin-Wallace’s proposal to buy First Church.  Although the sale is contingent on approval from the City of Berea, it does look as though the sale will proceed.  There is much uncertainty on what will happen next because there are a number of options that our church has been investigating.

As Yoda once said, “Always in motion the future is.”  That’s one of the problems with the future.  We haven’t figured out how to predict it yet.  And that ambiguity can be scary because many times our thoughts gravitate to the worst possible outcomes.  In actuality, those very rarely come to pass, and often we are surprised with what does happen as well as how we respond to it.

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1. Kier - July 18, 2008

Yeah, school mergers/closings/renovations are always tricky.

At least you’re “only” dealing with elementary schools.

When I was working for the local paper in my home town after college, we had a couple of school districts merge… combining three high schools into one more centrally located one. The part of the public that made the most noise? The ones who had the high school with a graduating class of four. (And that was a full graduating class!)

The fights and arguments at the board meetings were legendary.

Of course, the biggest problem was combining the formerly rival sports teams. 🙂

It all turned out (more or less) OK. Here’s hoping things go more smoothly for the transitions in your area.

2. davegoblog - July 30, 2008

Thanks for the comment! I don’t think we’ll have to worry about the sports teams combining since it’s only one district. We’re keeping our fingers crossed.


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