Ketchikan School Board: Come
By Charles Edwardson
March 03, 2008
I am writing to offer positive criticism again; I would like
to see it as positive criticism. In my experience though this
is virtually a non existent concept with all I have criticized.
Whether it is the city council, borough assembly, KIC board,
or now the Ketchikan school board.
After each opinionated letter I write to any of these boards
I get many comments mostly positive, indicating I am saying what
many people think. I suppose the reason for not hearing or reading
more negative or "constructive criticism" publicly
is that no one wants to offend anyone with their real opinions.
My "opinion" on this attitude is that I find that much
more" offensive" that most people take this position.
Any way here goes, I was reading the school budget process in
the Ketchikan Daily News and everyone in attendance seemed to
be in favor of student activities but chose to put them on the
bottom of the priority list anyway. This is always the precise
point in politics that makes me want to puke .People say one
thing and then vote the other way and than they justify it by
reasons that do make sense in a way, but are not what is best
for the big picture.
I have rarely heard a kid say I can hardly wait until this darn
stupid basketball, softball, volleyball, pep band, etc. extra
student activities are over so I can get back to my math class
or science class, or history class. In fact I have often wondered
if rolls were reversed and math science and history were "extra
student activities" and the aforementioned activities were
required how many kids would participate in the "extra student
activities. I am not knocking education IN ANY WAY. I am just
saying for the most part the math, science and history classes
are not the majority of students' favorite subjects.
My point is that this district is very out of touch as well as
the school board, and administration. They are not looking at
the big picture. If you take out student activities there will
be less student participation overall in our little school system.
The dropout rate will increase and the programs you are so worried
about will be scratched anyway because there are not enough students
to fill these vital programs. There will be too many teachers
for the amount of students now anyway with the inevitable drop
My point is take away the activities
and you can count on less student participation here in Ketchikan.
With higher than normal property taxes, very high cost of living,
long dark winters that "basketball USED TO ALLEVIATE"
even this is becoming a joke, and a very seasonal economy, and
now again apparently nothing for our kids to do in these struggling
schools, what is the point? I may as well do what many other
people are starting to do, look at other options for my kids
Student activities always seems
to be a bargaining chip, it should in my opinion be top on the
priority list not taken off, and should be treated not as a bargaining
chip but as an essential part of the overall budget. (By the
way I have had a varsity player on the Lady Kings for going on
seven consecutive years, so my shot at the program is not made
completely in the dark)
Just a thought.
Keep it up Ketchikan. Soon we will find it hard to have enough
people to keep the lights on in the winter when the boats leave.
Received March 01, 2008 - Published
March 03, 2008
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