Email letters, June 10, 2011

Scenic provides good role models

It was recently brought to my attention that a board member has recommended that Scenic Elementary School be closed permanently.

Our children deserve role models. Role models should be good upstanding people that go the extra mile, not because it’s what they have to do or because it’s expected of them but because selfless acts of kindness and hard work make a better community and family.

Doug Levinson, and his staff are all role models that our children deserve. We as parents try to teach our children to work hard, to treat others kindly and always do their best. When I send the children off to school in the morning I know that Doug Levinson, the teachers, the secretaries, the reading assistants, and the janitors will continue to teach these morals.

Our children are our future and our future will suffer if this school closes.

HEATHER CUTTS
Grand Junction

Elementary school demonstrated excellence

I learned recently that Scenic Elementary School may be closed permanently. I do not know the specifics of this recommendation, but can only assume it is because of our economic climate.

As a community member for over 40 years I would like to recommend this board member reconsider that request. I have been a father, uncle and grandfather to children who have and now attend this facility. If this school were to be closed the community would not only loose a fine facility, but also an excellent principal, teachers and staff. They have shown excellence in the education of our children. Having attended many functions in the district I find Scenic to be one of the jewels in our educational system. My hope is that we band together to prevent this from becoming a reality. I urge anyone with connections to Scenic Elementary to express your opinions as well.

TED HERRMAN
Grand Junction

Faculty and staff provide compassionate education

We are writing you on behalf of Scenic Elementary. Scenic is a great school, and we feel it would be a great disadvantage to close it. We moved her from Texas, where both of our daughters were in a small private school setting.

We communicated with Mr.Levinson before we moved here and he was very helpful, and compassionate with our situation. Our daughter entered Scenic in April 2007, Mr. Levinson and the staff made us feel welcomed. Since that time I have spent a lot of time at scenic, and they are very caring and compassionate towards the children. Our daughter has opened up and blossomed over the 4 1/2 years she has attended Scenic Elementary.

Mr. Levinson and staff have really prepared her for the sixth grade and now as she is leaving Scenic, headed for middle school for a brighter future and she feels very confident and strong. We feel that we owe it to Mr. Levinson and the staff at Scenic for that.

They set high standards for their students like their motto, “Work hard, be nice” program (W.H.B.N). The “Work hard, be nice” program that has worked well. Scenic is a small community, that is well informed and close knit. We would hate to lose closeness in this area. Our community needs more educators like Mr. Levinson and his staff, not to mention the superior education that we feel our daughter, niece and two nephews have received at Scenic.

Surely there has to be another way of meeting the budget cuts other then closing a school, which is one of the best schools in District 51.Suggestion might be to charge parents for fuel charge for busing students, or sell some of the property the District owns that is not being used or will be used. Please reconsider this action as it might lead to more vacancy’s in our District like home schooling.

JOYCE MILLER
Grand Junction

District should look elsewhere for cuts

I would like to express my deep concern in regard to the school district potentially closing Scenic Elementary beginning with the 2012 school year. The staff and students at this school are true examples of their motto:  “Working hard and being nice.”

The principal, Mr. Levinson, is a true leader at his school and his leadership is reflected through the staff and into the students. The teachers and staff at the school hold the students accountable for their actions and teach many addition core values to their students along with educating them to their best ability. Scenic Elementary, year after year, consistently shows their excellence in CSAP results and the school district needs to consider everything when considering whether or not to close any school.

We are a school-of-choice family and chose Scenic for many of the reasons listed above. Along with many other families, we choose to take our children there, regardless of additional expenses of transportation to and from school. I am certain that no one that has children at Scenic or Broadway wants to see their school close. I am hopefully that the school district will look closer at their budget and deduct expenses in other areas and not punish our young children by closing down schools.

JERETT BOND
Grand Junction



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