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Discouraged with Pre-K program

June 23, 2012
Adirondack Daily Enterprise

To the editor:

We are discouraged and disheartened by the Saranac Lake school board's Pre-K Program. It is important to the people with children enrolled, and attempting to enroll, in this district that the board be most attentive to this matter.

There is always a solution to a problem; it just needs to be sought out. The great Albert Einstein said logically: "No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it". We must now rely on outside influences to help in solving this issue. I hope the Adirondack Daily Enterprise will play a part and influence the board to come to a swift result in changing the present provisions for our young and precious children.

It seems to us that it'd only be logical that every parent attempt to sign up their child for Pre-K. Logic tells me that local demographics are and should be available to the school board via Franklin County, which would provide population status for the Saranac Lake school system to use in budget planning. To base it on registration numbers from the years prior would seem illogical considering population growth differs from year to year.

Our child will be attending the Pre-K program, for this we are pleased. However, the other children whom were not selected are saddened and confused. They do not understand why their friends are going and they are not. Developmentally this is a poor start for the children that will be enrolled in this school system in years to come. For the young to deal with esteem and confidence issues so early on can be injurious to the young in their coming educational future. It would be more logical to provide Pre-K for all or none.

It would be in the board's best interest to look into this situation swiftly in search of solution. I implore you to look at the concerns of local parents and influence this board to find the money or other solutions to make allowances for these children.

There exists nonprofit organizations that assist in finding educational funding. There are fundraising campaigns that could be initiated by their efforts in which the community would be more than happy to participate. Options must exist; I implore your assertion in prompting investigations of these options through your influence. Perhaps even the governorship should be pleaded with to find funds of some kind, they must take initiative.

Education is the cornerstone of our children's future and the future of all of us in tow. It would be in everyone's best interest if we could ameliorate the present state of our Pre-K system. Thank you for your time and devotion to this delicate situation.

I am confident you will assist us in influencing the Saranac Lake School Board to find some way to comfort these children and their parents by rendering this problem with positive result.

Amy M. Carlson

Mother of one

Paul Smiths



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