A big decision is finally made

Donna Alexander Published:

By Megan Blasens

Southeast High School

We, the people of the Southeast School District, should breathe a sigh of relief after the decision about next years scheduling for the students of Southeast Local Schools was made on January 23, 2003.

Before the big meeting, another meeting was held in the high school gymnasium and the Southeast Board of Education and Superintendent Linda Fuline listened to the publics comments and suggestions about next year. We had quite a lot to say and the meeting went longer than originally planned. Afterward, the board and Mrs. Fuline went into an executive meeting and were there until late that night.

For the next week, we awaited the decision about when and where the kids would attend school next year. Many different ideas were brought about: Split scheduling, where the older kids would attend school in the morning and the younger kids in the afternoon; Alternating Schedule, where the older and younger kids would alternate days; they looked at trailers for all of the kids to be in and they also looked for some empty schools such as Alliance and Lordstown.

These ideas were both hated and liked. So it was now the board members and superintendents job to find the best solution, knowing that they couldnt possibly make everyone happy but doing the best they could. And I dont think we made it any easier for them to make that big decision.

The big day finally arrived and people of the public gathered into the gymnasium once more. It was because of research by Mrs. Fuline that I believe the best thing that could have happened did. The final plan is: Grades kindergarten through sixth will be in the primary school, seventh- and eighth-grade students will be in trailers and grades nine through 12 will be in the new middle school scheduled to be done by September of this year.

Meanwhile the high school and middle school will be under renovation. The 2005 class will be the first class scheduled to graduate from the newly renovated high school.

Sure, things will be a little cramped but at least we dont have to drive 45 minutes out of our way to go to school. Sports will not be affected, as they would have been with another decision. I think in the end it will be worth it. If people arent pleased now, I dont think that they would be with anything. I thank Mrs. Fuline and the Southeast School Board for their hard work.

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