Says fight for school not yet over

COURTESY TO THE BELLINGHAM HERALDMay 20, 2013 

There is something rotten in the city of Bellingham when a gymnasium full of parents, teachers, neighbors and students come at 5 p.m. on a work day to save a school they love, have 35 excellent speakers all pleading that the school board be wise enough to not close Larrabee, yet all but board member Dr. Stockburger vote to close the school anyway.

Superintendent Baker rationalizes that large schools are better, yet the more prepared community speakers (some educators from large institutions) gave significant data that Larrabee's scholastic scores were as good if not better than large schools.

From written studies, statistics and experience, speakers told of how successful grade schools are small and personal, so all children build confidence.

In addition, 3 years ago $1.5 million was spent on making the school earthquake proof and parents organized to make sidewalks safe.

The play has not ended.

Barbara Perry

Bellingham

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