To the Editor: Otsego parent supports central campus
Written by Mary Gase   
Wednesday, 17 June 2009 09:20
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Otsego Board of Education. At the board meeting on June 8, the board stated that the decision has been made to construct a central campus.
While this may not be a decision that everyone in the district is pleased with, it is a decision that will take our kids into the 21st century - where they will be able to utilize state-of-the-art learning materials in a state-of-the-art facility. This decision will put our children in facilities that are more accessible for our students with physical and developmental disabilities. This decision will let our elementary teachers easily collaborate with each other for new and innovative ideas on a daily basis. This decision will allow all our supplies and equipment to be more easily shared than in different buildings. In the end, this decision will allow us all to remember that we are Otsego, not just four separate towns.
While this decision is going to bring changes to our district, we need to keep in mind that change isn't always a negative thing. Class sizes will not increase. In fact it will be easier to keep classes even with all of the children being at one site. Our children will have the opportunity to begin kindergarten, or even preschool, with the classmates that they will eventually graduate with down the road. Moreover, new school facilities generally attract homebuyers to a district.
We all need to remember that this decision is taking our children - and the next generation - into the future. Our current buildings are unable to provide for this. By keeping this whole situation as positive as possible, this central campus will demonstrate to all of the Otsego students that they are truly our most valuable asset. And for that, I thank the Otsego Board of Education.
Mary Gase
Plain Township

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