As Weber parents, we are concerned about what we see happening at our school and concerned about the lack of progress by our board of education. We need improvements to our school; in fact we needed them yesterday. Next fall, about 100 additional children will be in the building. Without additional classrooms, we will see increased class sizes, even more crowded lunch and gym periods, and other strains on the facility. Our kids deserve better.
It is unacceptable to all of us to have 28 kids or more in a class, which is the case in some of the Weber classes today. While we'd love to see some action on a longer-term solution so that our sons and daughters don't have to continue to eat lunch at 10:32 a.m., or to have to cope with inadequate outdoor recreation areas during recess, realistically we do not have time to implement a long-term plan this school year. Therefore, we feel that the board needs to move quickly to provide the necessary "short-term" space by September 2001.
One solution for Weber is simple: buy portables sufficient to contain six classrooms. But we need to act now if they are to be in place by September.
If you are the parent of a 4th or 5th grader, you should know that there isn't any room for your children to attend Weber. Absent these six classrooms, our children will be crammed into larger classes. In order to get the appropriate space for these children by next fall, the board needs to act quickly to approve funding and begin plans. Please let them know you are concerned about this as we are, by either emailing them (at firstname.lastname@example.org) or speaking out at upcoming meetings in November and December. The mike is open.