For the first time in 12 years I am disappointed in our school system.
My daughter is a senior in high school this year; any parent with a senior
in school knows this is their most exciting year since being in school. As
most of you know May 10th was prom night. I contacted Mr. Offutt (High
School Principal) around 2:00 in the afternoon so see if they were going to
postpone the prom because of flooding. The response I received was
unbelievable, "well the food is already prepared and the decorations are up,"
I don't know about everyone else but it sounded to me like food and
decorations were more important then our children's safety.
This was my daughter's senior prom and was very important to her. The
disasters began that afternoon when she tried to get to Spencer to get her
hair done because of flooding in Arnoldsburg. By the time she got back to
the house the creek around my home had risen considerably. By the time she
got dressed and we got her hair done the waters had us trapped, the river
was over the road at Russet and the creek was raging over the low water
bridge on Big Run, there was no way out. I tried every back way I could
think of but we always ran into high water. My daughter was so upset, I
felt so helpless and I was very angry with the school for not rescheduling
the most important night in our children's school years.
By the time the waters had went down she arrived at the prom at 11:15,
most of the students had already left, a lot of them left early because of
rising waters and they had stopped taking pictures around 9:00 p.m. So there
we was stuck with an expensive dress,
corsages, and a $50 rented tux that was worn for a 45-minute prom. The next
day I spoke to some students who were lucky enough to get there.
out that most of the food they served could have been put back for Sunday or
even kept for the next weekend. Although the school stated that attendance
was high, I find this hard to believe considering the high water that was
everywhere. I know some of the students had other places to go to get ready
but my daughter did not, and I am sure she is not the only one.
The school system has let me down, and I am beginning to think that money
is more important to them then our children. I have a 3rd grade daughter
also and I am sorry to say that she will probably have to go thru the same
disappointment with the school system.
I am considering moving out of Calhoun County because it is clear to me
that our schools and certain residents do not have the communities best
interest at heart. There will never be a future here because some just do
not want change, so therefore there will be no jobs for our children, they
won't even give our children a place for recreation, and we wonder why so
many of our young children in our community are in so much trouble.
We need a skating rink, or even a bowling alley, and a fast food restaurant
where our children can go and hang out.
Don't get me wrong the Koffee Cup
and the Grantsville Hotel and Restaurant are nice but some of our children
cannot afford to go there every weekend. This is something for the future
town council members to consider when they get into office. I would also
like to take this opportunity to thank Minnichs Florist for the beautiful
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