DATE: October 15, 2011
RE: Springdale School
Dear Corbett School Board Members,
As you may remember from my last correspondence with the Corbett School Board, I am a strong proponent of maintaining a traditional neighborhood based public school here in Corbett. I believe this because I live here in Corbett and I would like to preserve the benefits of small town living for myself, my child, and our neighbors.
http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/keep-csd-small/ I’ve pasted this link here to remind you of a petition submitted earlier this year electronically signed by 60+ residents (and I believe more signatures were submitted in writing) that expresses the desire to keep Corbett a small community school without adding additional students and applying for loans that may be difficult to pay off in the future. ( This petition is no longer online as of July 2014. However, all data was downloaded and archived.) I implore you all to read the comments. Many different points of view from residents are represented here. With that said, please accept the following as my own opinions and ideas:
I was quite alarmed to read our superintendant quoted as saying that “Education is kind of an industry here in Corbett.”(from Oregon Live article Sept 23rd, 2011.) This statement makes me think that he will work to swell the district by as many students as possible in order to grow the “industry” regardless of the feelings of the residents in our community, or how the increase to our campus will affect our resident students.
In my last email I expressed that I do not want to see our district become an all charter school and I stand by that. One of the main reasons for this belief is that I think that the district residents…who vote and pay taxes, and many of whom also have kids at school here, deserve to have a voice about what happens at their neighborhood school. Several times now, when I have read information from the District website about differences between the District and Charter school, I have read that one of the main differences is that a Charter School does not have to listen to or be “harassed or harangued” by public comment which is sometimes just downright rude. I want to assure you that I will always keep my public comments respectful and appropriate, but I would suggest that in any job (or industry) it is important to have both positive and negative feedback in order to improve one’s performance. When you don’t have to hear the bad stuff then you can just go along and say that everything you’re doing is perfect… and that simply isn’t the case. There is room for improvement, and the voices of the community deserve to be heard.
As far as the Springdale School rehab, I have another idea to propose. What if we sell the Springdale School property and existing building “as-is” to the Charter School Association, and have them run their program from there? I’m assuming that as a public school they would qualify for the same type of no-interest loans to do improvements on the building, wouldn’t they? We could continue to rent to them until their facility’s upgrade is complete which might neatly coincide with the Charter’s contract renewal with the District in 2014. This idea sounds like a WIN / WIN to me…we get to keep our neighborhood district school, the Springdale building is saved and utilized for its intended use as a school, and people both in and out of the District have the choice of sending their kids to the Charter School. We could use the revenue generated from the sale of the property to begin making improvements to the Middle School building on the main campus. Of course I don’t have all the logistics worked out, as I am not a professional educator, but I’d like to see this, as well as other options fully considered before we (Corbett School District) decide to take on the entire burden of loans and all the other associated costs of expansion to that facility.
Thank you all for your service on the Corbett School Board, and for considering my correspondence. Special thanks to those who took the time to respond last time. I will always make time if you want to hear my opinions. I prefer email correspondence, but if you would like to call and talk to me XXXXXXX.