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I commend the board of education for acknowledging the over-crowded conditions in our schools and for moving ahead to address these serious and urgent problems. The Plan while still a work in progress, appears to address the needs of the children in a creative and cost effective manner.

The Weber portion of the Plan is an excellent example of how creative solutions can solve the overcrowded conditions and correct serious traffic flow problems while supporting the educational program. The proposed Weber Plan that calls for the building of approximately 20 new classrooms creates natural boundaries for the different houses and centras areas for the "encore class" that all the children participate in. By redesigning the school, children will be able to get to their classes on time. The proposed design also helps to eliminate the current unsafe and congested hallways. It also effectively creates a small school atmosphere while accommodating the growing student population. It is no wonder that the Weber principal has said that this plan is better than the one proposed last year.

I have been told that the architects have similar and cost effective ways of dealing with the overcrowded conditions at the other schools.

I encourage the board to finish the plan and get it approved by Jan. 31, 2001 so that the community can vote to approve the plan by March 31, 2001.

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