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I understand the needs underlying the school district's Long Term Facilities Plan, and have no objection to the cost, even though my children will probably already be graduated out of the system by the time it's all finished. I do have real problems understanding a few aspects of the plan, and why they have to, unconditionally have to, be the way they are proposed.

Today a car ran into the front of Dolphin Books. This occurred at around 3:45 in the afternoon. The fact that there were no children - or anyone for that matter - in front of the store at that time was a miracle.

Accidents happen in the vicinity of Campus Drive and Port Boulevard all the time. A couple of months ago an accident occurred there involving a drivers ed car. Which brings me to ...

There absolutely must be some way to solve the district's space and facility problems without putting an elementary school at Port Boulevard and Campus Drive.

It's amazing enough that pedestrians aren't injured more often in this neighborhood. I have a 17-year-old. Within three months of receiving his driver's license he had had three accidents.

We are mixing heavy traffic with novice drivers and now propose adding an entire elementary school full of small people (read difficult to see over the dashboard) to the mix. It's crazy.

There is no way to adequately safeguard these children in that location, no matter what measures are taken.

When someone wanted to put a bagel store in the area the district objected on the basis of pedestrian safety. What happened to that mindset? Where did it go?

I'm only one little vote, but I will not support this plan as it is currently proposed.

Monica Roslow


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