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Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013, 8:58 p.m.

Speak up for Bovard

Hempfield Area School Board directors are set to vote on the closure of Bovard Elementary School on Monday. This decision does not affect only the students at Bovard. The indecision and inconsistent message from the board will hurt families throughout the entire district.

The biggest fraud in this process is how the board has handled the realignment of kids getting bumped. Maybe some software told the board it makes sense to move certain kids, but these kids are part of a community, part of a school, and not taking that into account as a public official is, in my opinion, a failure.

At the very least, the board should look at Hempfield's comprehensive plan and see that the Bovard/Maxwell area is the township's projected growth area over the next five to 10 years. Now is a time for leadership and looking at the future, not haphazard, stopgap measures that accomplish little to nothing in the long term for the district. All families from Bovard and surrounding areas should let their voices be heard at the meeting on Monday.

Rob Ritson


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