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Cathleen and Jim Flaherty, Fargo, Published August 31 2013

Letter: A motive behind school closings?

We are writing about the call we received last Sunday evening regarding closing Clara Barton and the other schools that do not have air conditioning. As parents, we feel Fargo Public Schools could have come up with a more productive solution than canceling school for an extended period of time. If the school board is concerned about the welfare of our child and the other students, a better compromise would have been to have class in the morning and dismiss the children by 1 p.m. to avoid the heat of the day. Another point would be to start the school year after Labor Day when this would be an unlikely event.

We cannot help but wonder if Fargo Public Schools are trying to emphasize the “weaknesses” in the older schools that do not have air conditioning in order to promote the agenda that these smaller, neighborhood schools should be torn down.

It is certainly true that the next few days were hot, but with the above-mentioned ideas and the adaptive nature of children, it certainly didn’t warrant the shutting down of schools and limiting our child’s access to education.

Our child was unable to go to school but able to go to football practice in the heat of the day and do just fine.