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I attended the school board study session last night as I have attended every study session. This was the first time in months and countless meetings that the board even had a discussion about the options versus the one-sided monologue that's taken place in other meetings — or worse, saying nothing.

My approach when looking at all of the plans was the following: 1) Logical boundaries that move the least amount of kids out of their existing schools. 2) Acceptable capacity numbers for three to five years. If one plan had good numbers but illogical boundaries, it was out, and vice versa.

Of the plans on the table, C1 is the plan that accomplishes this. There certainly were other plans that would accomplish this as well, but only two of the board members, Mary Frantz and Melissa Enger, would even consider other plans. It was so disheartening to hear four board members say they were listening to the community but another more logical plan would not change their minds. Does this mean they have already made up their mind with a lesser option to put an end to this?

There is still no way to justify moving kids out of one school into Jeffers Pond just to move others out of Jeffers Pond into Westwood. There is also no way to justify moving the community that is the furthest away from Westwood to Westwood. This is lacking any sort of sound reasoning.

Logic and common sense must prevail.

Becky Schultz

Prior Lake

Community editor

Dan Holtmeyer is the community editor for the Prior Lake and Savage papers. He grew up in Nebraska and worked as a journalist in Oklahoma, Missouri and Arkansas before coming to Minnesota in 2018.


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