Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Community should be happy to get school

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Avalon is the new kid on the block in terms of schools and it seems that the decision to delay its opening in Clarksburg is a horrible example of exclusionary county politics (‘‘Fence omission presents barrier for Avalon School,” July 18 article).

We have sent our child to the Avalon School for the last three years and during that time we have been impressed with the effort and concern of the administration to thoughtfully plan the school’s future site with loving detail. The delay in the opening of such a community-minded school is mean spirited. It is my opinion that the area is lucky to be getting such a fine school and there should be a rallying effort to welcome such an educational facility.

Also, timing is a crucial factor due to the Bethesda lease issue. I have to ask myself why wouldn’t a planning board want a school in their community? Gosh, we could always have another Wal-Mart, fast food restaurant or convenience mart couldn’t we?

Amaya Barrera, Potomac