Northwest NEWS

November 1, 1999

Editorial

Where are all the students going?

   Riverview residents need to read the school board notes to find out what shape this district is in. Eighty-five students have left this district, creating a potential loss of $250,000.

   Why did they lose these students? For starters, there is the Senior Project, joining the Kingco League (yes, the football team is 1-14, and there is no way to sugar-coat that), and the locker issue at Tolt Middle School.

   Parents had a petition to put lockers back in TMS. They were taken out six years ago with the promise by the superintendent that there would be double books. Move to spring of '99 with parents standing their ground and demanding a decision on lockers/double books. The principal at TMS stepped up and said no lockers.

   What does the school board do? It goes along with the principal. Promises of double books again at double the cost. Now it's Oct. '99, and "aw, shucks," someone dropped the ball and not all the books were ordered. What does this say about this district?

   Now to the Kingco League. Where is the former superintendent and the former athletic director and one coach who were the pushers of the Kingco League? They went on to greener pastures, or perhaps better astro-turf. They, along with the athletic directors of the league that allowed CHS in, should be ashamed. Sure, Bellevue, Mercer Island, etc., love to have someone to thump on.

   The Senior Project has been beaten to a pulp and now needs to be sent out the door. I still get calls on this one. It is full of prejudice, inconsistencies, and loopholes.

   This is just a tip of the iceberg. Log onto the Riverview School District website and read the school board notes or call the district office and have them mailed to you.

Jacci Heuberger, Carnation