Option to close Liberty isn’t logical

Liberty Elementary is a thriving school in the middle of downtown Marysville. The students walk and are bused from surrounding neighborhoods. More than 500 happy students walk through the doors each day, ready for breakfast, eager to learn new things, enjoying time with caring staff and friends, all part of the Liberty Family.

Currently, the Marysville School Board and Facilities Committee are looking at options and ways to save money, and the possibility of closing Liberty Elementary.

Is closing a thriving elementary best for kids?

There are ways to save $400,000 that are much less detrimental to kids. Budget committees can come up with great long lists that can save $400,000 without closing a school.

Another option the school board is looking at is closing Liberty as a neighborhood school and instead housing an optional co-op program at the school. Why would a district look at a closing a current neighborhood school, dispersing those students and staff to many schools, while at the same time looking at housing an optional program in the school? This does not make sense! It would not save the $400,000 operating costs. More than 500 Liberty students and staff would be dispersed throughout the district, greatly increasing busing costs, to open the “closed” building to approximately 200 children and their teachers. Why? How would this be best for Liberty students?

Who will hear the Liberty voices? School board, please listen to Liberty! Their voices are ringing loud and clear. Please do what is best for Liberty’s current students: leave them with their Liberty family.

Bonnie Taylor


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