Second school is needed

Posted: Monday, February 02, 2004

I am outraged that citizens are trying to stop the construction of a second high school. I know first-hand that overpopulation in the classroom is a setback. A new school would mean better student/teacher ratios. Too many students are slipping through the cracks just because no one notices them.

If a student isn't as involved as some other students are they don't get the attention they need. Do these members of the community really disagree with the construction of a new high school or are they just afraid of teenagers hanging out in their quiet little section of town?

I find it hard to believe that there are also two teachers supporting this initiative. I know that my high school had a population of over 2,000 students. Many of my peers fell through the system. How can one teacher possibly know a student on a one-to-one basis if they teach seven periods of over 35 kids in each class? Also, the population of Juneau is rising. Wouldn't the smart move be to build another high school now before it is too late, before dramatic overpopulation occurs, and before the cost will go up another $1.5 million dollars every added year? I just think that before people decide to sign this petition they stop to think about the young adults trying to make it in this confusing world. High school is a big enough transition as it is; why make it harder when there is a solution to make it easier?

Gianna Giusti


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