Weatherford Democrat


May 3, 2013

Letters to the Editor – May 3, 2013


Voting yes means we are not putting a price on our children’s education!

Jeremy Nelson, Weatherford

Students safety important part of WISD bond

Dear Editor,

Like many of Weatherford High School’s class of 2007, my memory of our graduating year was profoundly colored by the death of our classmate, B.B. Fielder, who was killed while driving between campuses, from a class Weatherford High School to track practice held at the Ninth Grade Center.

While his general loveliness and human potential cannot be overstated, my point is not to eulogize him here. Simply put, the situation that led to B.B.’s death is preventable, and the upcoming WISD bond may be precisely what is necessary to keep our community from naming another treacherous road after another young person killed tragically and too soon.

One hundred-twenty students drive between classes in WISD every day—between classes, not including those drivers on their way to or from school. Twenty-nine bus trips are made every day during these same five-minute passing periods, meant to cart students from English I at Hall Middle School to baseball practice at the high school, or from World History at the Ninth Grade Center to Pre-Calculus at WHS.

I remember many panicked passing periods during my own freshman year, when I trekked with a cohort of four other kids from the Ninth Grade Center to the high school and back for precisely that reason. We missed several of our pre-Cal assignments due to late buses or missed connections; we forgot what was said at the end of World History in the rush to pack our bags and be off. There were only ever five of us on a bus meant for 60.

There exists tremendous wastes of resources—students’ time to learn, teachers’ time to (re)teach, monetary costs to the district of inefficient bus routes, and, in the very worst of cases, invaluable young lives—inherent in school system which operates under such impossible temporal and geographic restraints. As voters form their opinions regarding the upcoming school bond, which will reorganize our campuses in a way that severely limits or altogether eliminates this unnecessary back-and-forth, I hope they will remember what it will cost the community if we fail to implement the changes necessary to maximize the efficacy through which we provide our youth the safest, smartest learning environment Weatherford has to offer.

Thank you,

Carol Ann Willhite, Austin

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