Use Prairie View as a magnet and public school

Published: Tuesday, January 13, 2004 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 12, 2004 at 10:54 p.m.

I believe the School Board should keep Prairie View Elementary School open as a combination neighborhood and magnet school. By starting a first class magnet program in the underutilized facility the school board would motivate parents from overcrowded schools to voluntarily transfer to the magnet program. It could also be linked to admission into the Lyceum Program at Lincoln Middle School.

With the help of the University of Florida School of Education, a dedicated faculty, community groups and most of all concerned parents, the Alachua County School Board could make a statement that every child matters.

It makes absolutely no sense to close a school facility that is in better shape than many other schools in the system and that has both the space to accommodate the children in the neighborhood and the space to open a magnet school to children from the entire district.

I believe that an opportunity exists to improve the educational possibilities for both the neighborhood children and those children who come from other neighborhoods to the magnet program. The goal should also be to make sure the neighborhood children have access to the magnet programs.

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