To the School Board of Lower Merion,
I would like to request a referendum be held for the proposed new high schools. As a parent of children who attend the public school, I appreciate all that you have done to create a wonderful school.
Unfortunately, as a Gladwyne parent, I also witnessed the upgrades to that elementary school which left the school with huge administrative areas, a huge center hall and not enough class rooms so the 4th and 5th graders are now in classes of 24 and 25 instead of 20. Education quality is sacrificed when you have 24-25 kids in a single classroom. I would have preferred to have trailers forever than to reduce the quality of education by having such large classes… and yes the quality of the teaching was lower with that many students, and the teachers were unhappy. It was a lose, lose.
As a parent, I don't care about showcase buildings, I care about plain old classrooms, small classroom sizes and good quality teachers. At the elementary school level, there were overruns because of poor design ( all cubbies were sized for kindergartners and had to be redone to accommodate the older kids) poor construction, leaks and overall what looks like a poorly thought out elementary school. In Gladwyne, the large oversized main foyer now has upholstered armchairs in it… just the kind lice love.
So I want a referendum to ensure we use the right people ( go out to bid) who know how to build strong, well built, no nonsense, low maintenance schools that aren't about being a showplace but offer us basic, quality classrooms. Other townships can do it, why can't we?
Karen A. Melikian