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Kathy Bromley

I realize in responding to this article that it is dated and no longer relevant to the current issues before the board but I continue to be troubled about the lack of dialogue regarding alternative options. After reading all the comments about the benefit of building two new high schools, I do not see where the idea of one high school with grades 10 - 12 was entertained. Many area high schools operate with just 3 grades. The two middle schools would still house 3 grades (7, 8 & 9) and the six elementary schools would be well positioned (or easily modified) to handle the additional 3 or 4 classes of 6th grade. This is how my former school district, Central Bucks, operated. They are ranked higher than Lower Merion in terms of academic performance in the state so I do not see any significant detriment to "re-districting" in this manner.

In addition to the obvious financial benefit to building just one school on the Harriton site, the school district would save both money and angst by housing all the buses and operations on the Lower Merion High School site. Another exciting possible benefit to the community would be entering into an agreement with the township for the public use of playing fields and salvageable building resources such as the pool, gyms, auditorium and cafeteria. Imagine a vibrant community center that supported the arts, sports and provided a venue for social occasions and enrichment classes.

Assuming the validity of the school district's argument that the Harriton site is too small to house one high school, why can't we have one state of the art high school at Harriton if we decrease the high school population at the site by 25%? It seems like it would be a win-win for everyone.

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