Autoshop agreement not good enough

Posted: Tuesday, April 15, 2008

I just read the article (Empire, April 10) about the automotive program at Juneau-Douglas High School. I find it disturbing that politics have to come into play with education of the students at JDHS.

Steve Squires is a dedicated teacher with many years of experience. This decision is forcing him to lose part of his program and is a true misjudgment of both the Juneau School District and the University of Alaska Southeast. Not all students in the advanced auto class want the college credit, and have no intention of going on to college.

All one has to do is look at the size of the building and realize that there is room for both.

The district needs to get out of politics and realize that the education of our young people is first and foremost. The district needs to tell UAS that this agreement is not sufficient to meet the needs of the high school, and that Squires needs to have both programs in the place that they have been for more than 20 years.

Bill Burk


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