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10/4/05

Making a Case to Keep O.L. Slaton Open

Tuesday night as parents and students of O.L. Slaton Junior High met, they worked at making a case to save their school.

More than a hundred people attended with the same feeling, "closing a school should be a last resort to open an arts and career complex."

Concerned parents who spoke at the meeting used sharp words to impale a proposition made by school administrators. Parents, like Frank Stogner, who calls the idea to close O.L. Slaton more like "imposing the death penalty."

"We're operating under a short time frame. It is hard to retrieve and analyze information so we can make a case to keep the school open," said Stogner.

The information that was collected, was done so by a group of concerned parents and businessmen. They feel like they have some information to make a case, however they are still waiting on documents they have requested from the district.

"The cost of additional busing and the loss of state revenue as students choose not to come in this district or leave are some concerns we have," said Don Stull, who has two children attending O.L.

L.I.S.D. Spokeswoman Nancy Sharp attended the meeting. She sat in the back of the room taking notes. "I thought it was unfortunate there was a lot of information that could have easily been corrected had we been given the opportunity," Sharp said.

Sharp was denied to make a presentation to the parents. P.T.A. President Kimberly Kennedy says the parents do not need to be sold on the idea of having the arts and career complex, but why the complex has to take the place of the junior high.

District One School Board Member Mario Ybarra served on the bond steering committee before his appointment to the board. "At no time did we discuss closing a school," he said for the audience of parents and students. He is also against closing O.L. "I stand behind the school," he said.

Students will also conduct a second rally, Wednesday at 7:45 a.m. at O.L. Slaton Junior High School on Avenue Q.

Parents and students can also attend a public hearing set for October 11th at 6 p.m. at central office.

10/5/05
Facts About Proposed Reutilization of O. L. Slaton
The Center for Arts, Broadcasting and Careers was approved by the voters in the 2004 bond package. The citizen-led 2004 Bond Steering Committee recommended that the center be centrally located to the four high schools.

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