At the risk of digging the hole any deeper, I would like to apologize to those in the Williamsport School District for the poor choice of words I used in one sentence of my commentary regarding the consolidation of the Jersey Shore Area School District and creating an overcrowded school environment. In my attempt to compare the potential overcrowding issue that we'll possibly face in Jersey Shore to the larger-sized schools of Williamsport, I inadvertently wrote a sentence poorly. I do know that parents of children in WASD are very concerned about the education of their children and work as diligently as I do to make sure they're children will succeed.
I apologize for my error. I believe all children deserve an enriching environment in which to thrive academically and socially and I do apologize for not making my point more clear. With the looming threat of consolidation, there are quite a few of us here who worry about the success of our children if they're put in schools that, by comparison to our current classrooms, will be overcrowded. The student/teacher ratio we currently have in our small, outlining schools is perfect.
The fact remains that a handful of individuals who sit on our school board will be making a decision about our children's future with only the monetary value in mind. They need to also encompass the educational value for our children and the irreversible consequences this move will have on the students and the community.
Bethany J. McClain
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