Monday, April 03, 2006

Post reports on Saturday's public forum

The Washington Post has a write-up on Saturday's forum on school consolidation. As you can imagine, the vast majority of those present weren't too happy with the plans thus far.
The hearing was intended to solicit feedback from the public on Superintendent Clifford B. Janey's draft criteria for closing schools. After the session, dozens of people stayed for another 2 1/2 hours, dividing into focus groups in two ninth-floor conference rooms, where they used hand-held devices to register their opinions on the nuts and bolts of the draft. Janey plans to use the data to devise the final version of the criteria.

But the earlier session generated the most sparks.

The speakers expressed dismay over a school board decision to eliminate 1 million square feet of excess space by Aug. 28 and 2 million more two years later. The overall reduction would be achieved by consolidating and closing buildings.

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