Auburn News* THE
NEWSPAPER OF EAST ALABAMA*12/3/98
Letter: Survey disgusts
An open letter to Dr. Mick Martin:
I am writing in regard to Year-Round
School ~YRS). I have lived in this community for over 11 years and have found
this to be the most divisive issue regarding the city since I have lived here.
It is quite obvious from the public
outcry that the majority of people in Auburn do not want YRS. Just look at the
signs all over town, the passion in the letters to the paper and over 2,000
names on a petition as examples.
Also, I know for a fact that the
majority of the Auburn City Council are against YRS. I have person ally spoken
with two members of the Council, and they are very opposed to YRS and will not
support any funding directed at YRS. Why is the issue still being vigorously
pursued? My concern is that YRS will be 'pushed-through" in spite of what
the majority of people in Auburn want.
We already have one of the best school
systems in the state. One of the main reasons for this is the involvement of
the community with the schools. The passage of YRS will create much distrust in
the School Board and your office, and make it difficult for you to get more
funding and projects for the Auburn City Schools and may eventually hurt our
state standing. I can guarantee you that if YRS passes, your interactions with
the public in Auburn will become increasing(ly) strained.
The survey that is being passed out
will not prove anything positive or negative. It is very biased in nature
towards YRS, has not been pretested, does not break down among economic or
racial strata and has not been conducted in an impartial way. I am also
disgusted how the survey was presented to the school kids. The teachers talked
about the fact that the kids would get more vacation time, etc. My son said
that they emphasized the advantages of YRS, not traditional school calendar.
Obviously, this biased the survey and influenced the way the kids voted.
It is up to you to do the right thing
and drop the issue of YRS. It is dividing the community. This is not good.
"A house divided will not stand." We all want our kids to get the
best education possible. Let's work on other more important issues such as
reducing teacher/student ratios, offering more after-school programs, etc.
Thank you for your consideration of my letter.