Archive for Thursday, March 15, 2007

Letter: Growth coming

March 15, 2007

In a recent opinion in The Eudora News "Leaders looking to future" the writer dismisses as "overstatement" the forecast that there "could" be two high schools in the Eudora district in 20 years.

The writer justifies this statement with the fact that there were towns with a population of 40,000 that only have one high school. I submit to you that these towns have a declining or stagnant population base and they were not located in an area of growth. Twenty years ago some did not foresee a De Soto district with two high schools, but the rural areas of the De Soto district are no longer rural.

Stanley High School was half the size of Eudora High School and the town was barely a corner in the road in the early 1970s, and only had one high school in the mid 1980s. Now known as Blue Valley they have four high schools and a fifth planned to open in a couple of years.

Given the growth of the district in the last several years and projections for the coming growth, the district will more than double the present size in 20 years.

We pay people like Marty Kobza to provide an education to our children now and in the future. If you are going to dismiss what they are saying, use facts, not comparisons to areas that have no relationship to the direction that this area is heading.

John Durkin

Eudora

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