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Letter about closing the middle school

Fri, Nov 30th, 2012
Posted in Peterson Letter to the Editor

Letter about closing the middle school

To the Editor,

My name is Maynard Thompson. When the Rushford-Peterson middle school was started in 1990, I had been working on a middle level teaching degree. There is a degree for middle level instruction. This degree makes a teacher qualified to each grades 6-8. Without this degree a high school teacher teaches grades 7-8 and an elementary teaching degree works for grade six.

I was fortunate to be the first middle school principal. This is just what I wanted because I was so excited about middle level kids and what could be done with their instruction. This is the last best chance to reach students and what a great setting to have twenty plus acres with athletic fields and gymnasium. The school has a fire land around the building with off-street bus unloading and is totally handicap accessible. You have acres of grass in which to work and play. The heating system is designed to take outside air, heat it and send into the classroom.

A few years ago there was a movement to construct a new high school and close the middle school. I was a member of that committee and we met once a month for a year. The leaders of the group were people from outside our community. After a year’s time, the vote was taken and voted down five to one. How many million would it take to build a facility as good as the middle school we already have? We could spend a small amount of money to air condition the already well-insulated building and add a new music room.

Students do not learn from the concrete and bricks but from the fine instruction that is made available. Also there are those special teachers that relate well to the middle school age group. What an asset to the community to have students who are successful. They can actually help a community and not be a burden such as can happen when a person is not steered in the right direction.

I encourage you to get out and vote no again. Let’s continue to improve on a the wonderful middle school facility we already have.

Maynard Thompson

Peterson, MN

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