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March 30, 2010

TRIBUNE LETTERS: March 31, 2010

FLOYD COUNTY — Reader suppots Silver Street and Wiseheart

This letter is a reply to Mr. Ernie Travillian who recently wrote a Letter to the Editor.

I read, with interest, your letter about the school board being a dog and pony show. My entire family and I have attended Silver Street School. It is, and has been, one of the finer schools in the city. Some of the finest business men in our city, state and all around the country at one time or another attended Silver Street School. As we know all the schools will eventually get old, and with that, what will our debt situation be?

This school, as we all know, was an exemplary school more than once! I wonder what President Bush would say about closing it since he visited the school a few years ago?

I cannot, for the life of me understand how busing, paying the cost for the buses, drivers salaries, gasoline, repair and maintenance to keep them running, insurance, fringe benefits, etc. could be less expensive than keeping a building open. I would love to have had the opportunity to compare the two given the statistics. This was never brought out at any of the meetings.

I do disagree with Mr. Travillian with his comments in reference to one of the board members running for state senator. Lee Ann Wiseheart is a very capable woman. If he had read The Tribune after the board meeting he would have seen that she voted “no” to the closings. She does have a mind of her own and is not easily persuaded by others. Don’t put all members in a group to be voted out!

Sarcastically speaking, we might think about closing all the schools. Think of all the money they would save. Kind of ridiculous isn’t it given the circumstances. We don’t need a Taj Mahal in which to be educated.

In closing, I am very sad at not being able to keep the exemplary schools open. I know this is a done deal, but I don’t know what they can be thinking.

— Joyce Melhiser (mother and grandmother), New Albany

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