May 9, 2010 – Elizabeth Howes
On the topic of closing small schools in rural communities:
I think that those individuals that are looking to close schools in the interest of saving a little money are taking a very short-term view. Schools in rural communities are often the center of the community, even for those who do not have children attending.
As these small-town schools close, the breakdown in community that has already begun in Vermont will become even worse. People who were helped out by neighbors previously will not even know their neighbors. Small crises instead of being dealt with by the community, will require professional services, paid for by your tax dollars.