As a former teachers and summertime "fix-it" crew workers at El Dorado Middle School, we are urging voters to please vote yes on the bond issue.
As a former teachers and summertime "fix-it" crew workers at El Dorado Middle School, we are urging voters to please vote yes on the bond issue. Our kids deserve so much better than the conditions they have been in for the past few decades.
When we came to El Dorado in the late ’70s/early ’80s, the middle school building was, as it is today, a very old facility. Over the years we had both been reassigned to various classrooms, each one in desperate need of some type of remodeling or repair. Those needs were literally everywhere in the building, and have only increased as the decades have gone by.
Our entire family worked on summer crews doing repair work in El Dorado Middle School, as well as the elementary schools. As we spent several summers doing this, it became pretty evident no matter how much time and money was being poured into these school buildings, we still had old, inefficient facilities in the end, with EMS being the most deplorable.
Countless coats of paint, buckets of plaster and packages of ceiling tiles cannot change some of truly disgusting and unsafe conditions these buildings are and always will be in.
The areas for need are too numerous to mention, but teaching and learning under such conditions is quite a challenge. From the volume of the window air conditioners, to the clanging and banging of the pipes as the boiler tried to heat us up, from the windows capable of quickly functioning as guillotines, to the cracker box classrooms with unravelling carpet, crumbling walls and stressed systems to keep up with technology, from the labs without running waster to the oldest of gym and locker facilities (which you just have to see for yourself to believe), and the list goes on and on.
As we look back on having taught under some of these unacceptable conditions, that is not as bothersome as knowing that our own daughter and son, as well as thousands of other kids, have had to receive a crucial part of their education in much less than conducive environments.
Students’ and teachers’ morale and focus are deeply affected by their surroundings. We are living proof of that, but that's another commentary altogether.
We all make sacrifices for our kids/grandkids/great-grandkids in our daily lives. We do it because we want what we feel is best for them at the time. This bond issue is a dire "need" for our kids and one we cannot deprive them of any longer. It is truly what is best for them at this time. Whatever we choose to sacrifice to make it happen, we must make it happen! Again our kids deserve so much better than the conditions they have been in for the past few decades.
Please vote yes!
Larry and Gail Nuckolls