The Oberlin Review

Letters to the Editors: Issue 11

Laura Slocum, Amy (Pechaitis) Burgess, Chris M. Mason, Jim Walsh, Debbi Walsh, John Elder, Michele Andrews, Robin Diedrick, Judith Poirson, Monica Smith, and Aliza Weidenbaum

November 2, 2018

In Favor While discussion continues about Issue 11, we must remember that we are part of a strong and diverse committee, including many parents of school-aged children who are tired of commonplace argument and committed to action. In this day and age we know that family, school, and community influences on student achievement are great, and that the environmental quality of schools affects educational performance. Study after study demonstrates that facilities themselves have an impact on things such as student behavior, grades, teacher retention, and community satisfaction. Some may think that retrofitting current buildings for present use is the answer. We have done our homework and find the more prudent invest...

Redd, Williams Provide Experienced Candidates

Jim Walsh, Professor of Mathematics

November 3, 2017

To the Editors: I am writing to express strong support for School Board candidates Sandra Redd and Jason Williams. I believe it is important that we elect School Board candidates that will move the district forward, bringing in diverse thoughts and opinions. As a registered nurse and an Oberlin High School graduate who has been involved in Oberlin schools for over 30 years as a student, parent, and advocate, Redd will bring a new voice to board deliberations and decision-making. Williams is a Lorain County native, parent of two Oberlin school children, and an Oberlin College graduate who founded a program that promotes STEM literacy among school-age children. I am confident Redd and Williams will each make important contri...

Oberlin Voters Must Evaluate Building Proposal Carefully

Jim Walsh, Professor of Mathematics

October 6, 2017

To the Editors: Kudos to the Review for reporting on local town issues, namely the desire of Oberlin city school officials to have a new building built at a cost to taxpayers of $36 million. Any attempt to help the campus community learn about life in our town — and vice versa — is a good thing. I do wish, however, to alert readers of the Review to the fact that there is a growing group of concerned Oberlin residents questioning whether the board’s proposal is in the best interests of the city and its people. It is a fact that Oberlin residents have generously supported city schools by voting for the tax levies frequently appearing on the ballot. For example, we pay property taxes in support of city schools f...

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