Wednesday, March 26, 2008

we bloody well did it

backstory here

The school board meeting was packed with concerned parents. Nine separate recommendations, most dealing with the closing or amalgamation of small schools. Seven heartfelt petitions read.

Eight recommendations passed, heart-broken people gearing up to do whatever they could in the next step of the process.

Our school was the last recommendation to be read. And the motion to review the school (aka get ready to close).....

FAILED.

Our little school -the village school - my son's school - will not be targeted to close. It will stay open, open and welcoming to the children of the area. Teaching them life-lessons and rooting them in their surroundings, showing them their history. Giving them roots and wings in our community.



Sometimes failure is a good thing.

20 comments:

Suzanne said...

Jess, I am so happy for you! Cass's school sounds like it is such an asset to your community, from what you've said in the past.

Doing a happy dance for the failure!

M&Co. said...

Yeah! More than an hour on a school bus would suck for anyone much less our Miss Rosey-Posey!

Lone Grey Squirrel said...

Yay! Congrats for this victory. I know how important it is to keep that school open. I am so happy for you and your community.

Loth said...

Congratulations. Nice to know commons sense wins sometimes.

motherbumper said...

BIG SMILE. Wonderful.

jenontheedge said...

YAY!!!!!

Ree said...

that's such good news. The school district Shortman was in for kindergarten - 9th grade started closing schools when he was in 8th grade.

It was such a sad time to see the neighborhood schools - the ones kids could walk to and learn from, the ones that teachers loved - close down.

Dawn said...

That is fantastic!

beagle said...

Woohoo!

blackbird said...

Hooray!

Sharon said...

That's so great! The tiny K-5 elementary school I went to, where my mother was the Lunch Lady for more than thirty years, closed a few years ago. I'll always regret not having been around to help fight for its survival.

Yay for you and yours!

Vanessa said...

Hooray for small miracles!

Molly said...

Yeah. We need to get back to neighbourhood schools. It's not progress to make kids go to school miles away from the place they live, so they can't see their friends after school without complicated arrangements, and they never feel that their school is part of their community. Yay for your school and occasional failure....

Cat, Galloping said...

congratulations! nicely done!

Anonymous said...

Way to go!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

jeneflower said...

Even the words "little village school" are enough for me to vote "stay open"

kirsty said...

Go you guys! That is a wonderful victory. Seems little schools are endangered everywhere.

Badger said...

Yay!! You must be so relieved!

angelfeet said...

Yippee!

Jenty said...

That's fantastic news!!! Well done to the community!