Some of you may have seen on one of the political debates that there was an explosion at my son’s school Friday.
Let me back up…
A lot of state and local cutbacks have been coming down the line (not going political here… promise) and unfortunately we live in a “sports driven” mindset area. This in turn has meant that what is really important throughout the district has been really compromised in lieu of pleasing the athletic and aesthetic crowd.
All the buildings in the district are in need of repair and there have been major heating issues within the buildings for years. It is really hard for consistent learning when the kids are either too cold and need to wear jackets in class one day and the next are baking and have to open windows…in the middle of winter!
However, the athletics or other programs/issues are the ones that get updated/renewed/rebeautified and budget money is spent on items that should be very secondary.
Anyway, so there was a gas explosion Friday in the boiler room.
No one was directly injured, but gas and fumes were spewed through the entire school and the kids not only had a “for real” fire drill, many were treated with oxygen and scared out of their minds!
Because it was a volatile gas situation all 600 kids were evacuated to other schools in other towns. Like many, my son was really shaken up and very stressed over what happened. And because of his health issues he was also a little sick.
Parents like me (momma bears) or those not from this area were p*ssed!
Many of the parent who have always lived here were resigned… as in “There have always been heat issues at the school, and there always will be. Oh well…. Nothing can be done so no sense even thinking about it.”
I find that mindset to be kind of prevalent in all things here, especially school related things and I don’t understand it! (I’m not from this area.)
Within our district I have been able to get some big things accomplished in the area of special needs kiddos. While I had to fight really hard, I was able shred some serious slacker administrative backsides to get those things accomplished.
But when it comes to bigger issues for all the kids I don’t even know where to begin. I’m also not sure I have the energy, as it takes everything I have already to make sure the school stays on the straight and narrow with what we are already dealing with and I‘m pretty sure I won‘t get a whole lot of support from other parents or the school board.
So I guess I am venting here, but also seeing if anyone else has any experience, suggestions, or otherwise sympathy for dealing with such a knot head of a school district?
(Thanks for reading!)