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January 7, 2011

Letter to the Editior: Where’s the tile?

McALESTER — Editor:

I remember as a young grade school student, attending Will Rogers Elementary school, and thinking at the time, “Wow, this is a big place, but I wonder why there are parts of the tile floor missing?” That was almost 25 years ago. As life revolves and fate works its magic, I found myself walking back into the same school just three years ago. Walking down the exact same hallway, to visit my wife’s third grade classroom I thought, “Hey there’s Mrs. Boyd’s old classroom! Wow, this is just like I remembered, and the tile still needs a lot of work!”

It has crossed my mind at times, how long it may have been since many of our local folks have actually been inside some of the schools to observe the poor condition they have been left in, all these many years. Broken tile floors and windows that fall out when opened for fresh air, are just two of the many issues I have seen. In fact, of the 500 students at Will Rogers, there are 170 students who share but six bathroom stalls. If there can be money made available to improve these conditions for the future children of McAlester, then we must consider every possibility.

 I also do not know if the general public, or even the parents of many of these children, know how much time and money teachers, and their families spend trying to keep the classrooms in operable order for their most beloved students.  In several cases many teachers and their spouses have worked hours and spent hundreds of dollars on Saturday afternoons to paint shelving, replace old worn out chalk boards with white boards, even adding insulation to the window seals to keep out the cold winter drafts.  In most of all of these cases, these improvements are made from the teachers’ pocket book because there is almost always a shortage of capital improvement funds.

I would encourage voters to closely consider the Bond proposition on January 11th. If we don’t find a way to put money back into our schools, I fear my children someday will say, “Where’s the tile?”

 

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