It wasn’t hard to find the supporters of Christiancy, South Monroe Townsite and Riverside elementary schools in the crowd at the school closing public hearing tonight.
They filled their own sections of the auditorium at Monroe High School, wearing their schools’ t-shirts, waving signs and cheering when speakers mentioned their schools.
It was an impressive display of caring – caring about their children, about their schools, and about their neighborhoods.
Whatever the school board decides to do – and it seems obvious they’re leaning toward closing at least a couple elmentary schools – board members won’t be lacking for input from their constitutents.
Only a few seats in the upper corners of the auditorium were empty. When school officials finished presenting the four proposals and asked for comments from the audience, two lines quickly formed, at each side of the auditorium.
It was four hours later before they called a halt. A lot was said, good arguments for all sides.
But from my seat, the most impressive statement was made by the crowd, collectively. By showing up, by listening politely and then speaking passionately and eloquently, members of the school community sent an important message – they care.
That bodes well for the school district and the students it serves, regardless of which or whether schools are closed.