Goffstown School Board portable classroom decision draws criticism
Two weeks ago, the board voted to approve a plan submitted by administrators, including Principal Suzanne Psyzka, that would move fourth-grade classes from the portable classrooms to the library inside the main building.
“I understand Suzanne’s concerns about the portables, but in my opinion she’s overreacting,” wrote Elizabeth Dubrulle in an email urging other parents to attend the May 20 school board meeting. “In her effort to avoid one terrible but extremely unlikely outcome, she’s introduced several unpleasant and likely outcomes in its place.”
“There’s no way my grade-schooler could possibly know what she wanted to order from the library without looking at the books,” Dubrulle said. “At her age, she needs to browse so she can pursue any topic that catches her interest.”
“The plan calls for the creation of one giant fourth-grade classroom with 30-plus kids in it and two teachers,” she wrote in her email. “If my math is correct, then all the other fourth-grade classes will also end up being bigger to accommodate the overflow.”
“My vote went to the security of the children,” he said, citing recent police-related incidents that have occurred within proximity of the school.
“They’ll still be exposing them to the physical, hard books,” he said. “They’ll pick the topic of the day and selections will be brought into the main building. We were told this is totally manageable and they will make it work.”
Cloutier said before the books can be moved into the portable, the floor of the structure has to be reinforced so it can bear the weight of the books. He said there is money set aside in the school district budget to complete that project.
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