In her Feb. 25 letter, Michelle Schreiber hit it on the head. The Shelton swimming pool is a community asset. The problem is that the community isn’t paying for it. The 4,000-plus kids in the school district are shouldering the burden of providing a swimming experience for the few. In voting to close the swimming pool the Shelton School District school board members were facing a harsh reality of economics.
The poverty level is staggering in this school district. Nearly 70 percent of the students qualify for free and reduced meals. Also in this rural community the demographics are rapidly changing with a growing disparity between cultures, ethnic backgrounds, and languages. At the same time the schools are held to higher standards and required to improve their performance – graduation rates and standards for all children must improve. To achieve these higher standards the superintendent and board recognized that an increasing number of children need new and better educational services. The estimated cost to refurbish this 40-year-old pool is nearly half of what the cost is to replace it.
I’m asking you to support the four school board members who are looking out for all of the students. Let’s support the superintendent who is seeking out other pools our district can use. Knock off the drama that board members don’t care about the life of a child. How about pool supporters putting their energy and attention on an aquatics center that is funded by the community?
Katherine A. Price