Question: Tell me again, why exactly could we not consolidate the original 23 schools that are costing so much money to operate, simply due to the enormous waste and redundant administrative costs because of superbly low enrollments? Why did we have to put those consolidations on hold while we arm-wrestle the entire rest of the system over redistricting? It's the consolidating that will save us the money. Yes, redistricting needs to occur, but I just, for the life of me, can't figure out why we diverged so far away from the original plan to consolidate under-enrolled schools into the massive, bizarre sideshow of charrettes and redrawing attendance lines countywide that we have now.
One of our best data mining bloggers kindly developed a map showing the schools in District 5 that are slated to be closed in the current MGT consolidation proposal. Why did this not get done before school started in August? This is a slam-dunk way to save the system money. But politics seems to have intervened and we are somewhere in Oz at the moment instead.
Anyway, above is the map. Click here to link to it for yourself. These schools are very close together. In fact, our blogger did the math and measured the distances between schools for you to review (via roads, of course, not as the crow flies). What on earth is the hold-up here? I am have a seizure trying to figure out how we got to the crossroads we stand at today.
Atherton to Rowland - 1 mile
Atherton to Canby Lane - 1.5 miles
Glen Haven to Snapfinger - 2 miles
Glen Haven to Knollwood - 2 miles
Peachcrest to Midway - 1 mile
Gresham Park to Meadowview - 1 mile
Gresham Park to Flat Shoals - 2 miles
Sky Haven to Meadowview - 2.5 miles
Sky Haven to Kelley Lake - 3.5 miles